4 Things to Know Before Your Dental Implants
When it comes to the world of dental health, the field is generally broken down into two distinct areas of treatment – whether that’s functional dental health or cosmetic dentistry. While some procedures are designed to improve the function of your teeth and gum, or others specifically designed to improve your appearance – when it comes to dental implants, they generally fall into both categories. Dental implants, come in a variety of different forms, and are used to replace missing teeth or using them to anchor a set of dentures – keeping them in place. According to Dr. Pinkhasova, the top family dentist Rego Park has in practice, there are different types of dental implants, that work for different people, considering their specific needs and what is affecting their teeth and gum. As there are a number of different types of dental implants, there are a number of different factors that will help you to identify which type of dental implants will work for you. To better educate you on the right set of dental implants for you, learn more about these important factors below.
· The Amount of Bone Matter
When it come to a dental implant, there is a bottom area is the part that is actually going to be implanted. Similar to a common screw, the bottom part of the implant is “screwed” into the jawbone area. By doing so, the screw essentially anchors itself into the jawbone matter, and over time these two types of bone tissue will fuse together – considering this, the jawbone matter is vital to the implant itself. Considering this, the problem comes when you have lost a tooth or many teeth, your jawbone begins shrinking over time. The longer you have been missing a tooth, the more the bone matter will have shrunk. It literally collapses in and is reabsorbed by your body since it has lost its purpose for being there. It shrinks in height, width, and density. After a while, there won’t be enough for an implant to ‘latch on to’ and the risk of failure becomes too high. The only way to tell for sure is to x-ray the area and see exactly how much bone is there and if the bone is healthy and strong. Bone loss is the most common reason why people aren’t good candidates, but you won’t know for sure until your dentist sees the x-rays.
· Smokers are at Risk
As is the case with pretty much everything in the world of oral healthcare, smoking puts you at risk of further dental implant failure. According to the top family dentist Rego Park has in practice, Dr. Pinkhasova, in many cases, the mouth of a smoker may take far longer to heal than that of a nonsmoker. The constant sucking during smoking disrupts the healing mechanism, and the bacteria and chemicals surrounding the implant site do not make for a healthy outcome. Generally, most practitioners will require quitting smoking before and during the healing process.
· Overall Health & Wellness
For the most part, other health issues will rarely affect your ability to use dental implants, however, there are a few that can put your dental implants at risk including debilitating issues such as HIV, diabetes, autoimmune health disorders, and certain allergies to metals including things like titanium – considering this is the metal that most dental implants include in the fusion area.
· It’s a Process That Takes Time
When it comes to dental implants, it’s important to understand that they will require some time – from a few weeks up until a few months even. The process begins with removal of the damaged or infected tooth or teeth, if it is still affixed to the mouth at this time – in many cases it has already fallen out. The thing with a quality dental implant, is that it is meant to be stronger than the connection between your actual teeth and jawbone. In order to do so, you must often perform a bone graft if needed, and allow it to heal in order to even begin the implantation part. According to Dr. Pinkhasova, the top family dentist Rego Park has in practice, in the event a bone graft isn’t needed, as there is enough bone matter already, the implant can be inserted straight away. Regardless of this, and regardless of what kind of implant – crowns, caps, dentures and more, there is some bone fusion that needs to take place, and therefore they will all take some time to be completed – the type and area of the mouth will slightly change the time needed.
For more information on all there is to know about dental implants, be sure to contact Dr. Pinkhasova today,