August 26, 2016
What do your teeth say about you? One professor is studying teeth to learn about past generations: what they ate, their family, and their cultural influences. She calls herself a dental anthropologist. Yes, teeth say a lot — but their absence says even more. If you are missing one or more teeth, don’t wait to seek a solution. Learn about dental implants in 73401 from Dr. Hughes — the ultimate in tooth replacement.
Dental Implants: A Whole-Tooth Replacement
Dental implants replace the tooth’s root. They have literally been around in some form or another for millennia — and today, dental implants have never been better. In eligible candidates, they have a 95 percent success rate.
Dental implants are small titanium cylinders that are buried within the jawbone, in the space left by the missing tooth’s root. Over a recovery period of four to eight months, the implant gradually fuses with the jawbone in the process known as osseointegration.
Once osseointegration is complete, the denture or crown is secured on top. Dental implants stimulate the bone to keep the jaw healthy and prevent further tooth loss. When cared for properly, your dental implants can be expected to last a lifetime. Peri-implantitis causes dental implant failure in rare cases, but can be prevented with excellent dental hygiene.
Candidates for Dental Implants
Many people who wish to have their missing teeth replaced with dental implants are fit for the procedure. The only way to know for sure whether or not you can undergo implant dentistry is to schedule an appointment with your implant dentist. Dr. Hughes will consider a couple of factors to determine your candidacy.
First, patients should be healthy enough to recover from an invasive procedure. People who have diseases affecting the immune system, like HIV/AIDS, uncontrolled diabetes, or certain cancers are better suited by a non-implant retained option. New, non-invasive methods in implant dentistry are also making implant dentistry a possibility for more patients than ever before.
Patients should also have healthy gums and plenty of existing jawbone structure before undergoing dental implants. Gum disease therapy may be necessary in advance of implantation. And if you have already lost significant bone matter as a result of your missing teeth, a bone augmentation procedure, like bone graft or sinus lift, can build up bone matter for sturdy, successful dental implants.
You and your dentist will also discuss the factors influencing the success of dental implants after they have been implanted. If you smoke or use tobacco, for example, you should strongly consider quitting in advance of the procedure, as it harms your oral health and inhibits proper healing. Tobacco use is a significant factor in the failure of dental implants.
Request An Appointment Today!
Now you have a good idea of whether or not implant dentistry can work for you — but the only way to know for sure is to schedule an appointment with Robert V. Hughes. And you can even do so online! Request your appointment to discuss dental implants in Ardmore, OK!
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