Implant-supported restorations are the next best thing to natural teeth, and most patients are candidates for this procedure. Implants can replace a single missing tooth, or anchor a bridge, partial denture, or full denture. If you would like to find out if you are a candidate for dental implants, the team at our Corpus Christi, TX, practice can help. Our dentists, Drs. Charles Robertson and Nicholas Perry Orchard, would be happy to evaluate your oral health. Contact our office today to schedule a consultation.
Understanding How Dental Implants Work
There are various types of dental implants, including standard and mini. However, all implant posts are made from a biocompatible material that will allow bone tissue to naturally integrate with it for a solid bond. Typically, this material is titanium. Standard and mini dental implants feature three primary components: a post that is placed in the jawbone; an abutment that connects the post to the prosthetic; and the prosthetic itself – a crown, bridge, partial denture, or full denture. Typically, healthy, younger patients will be better served by a full-sized, traditional implant. This is because traditional implants are more stable and durable than mini implants, and can last 20 years or longer with proper care.
Qualities of a Good Implant Candidate
Patients who are missing one or more teeth, but otherwise enjoy good oral health, are ideal candidates for dental implants. Poor bone density can create complications for implant patients if a bone graft is not performed beforehand. Therefore, if your jawbone shows signs of deterioration, we will work with your oral surgeon to plan grafting prior to implant placement. If you suffer from gum disease, treatment will be required prior to implant placement.
Some diseases and medications can interfere with how well an implant bonds to the jawbone. Drugs may also impact how quickly blood clots. Be sure to provide a complete list of your medications, and be prepared to discuss all of your health issues, during your initial consultation with Dr. Orchard or Dr. Robertson.
When Implants Are Not an Option
During your implant consultation, Drs. Orchard and Robertson will determine whether you make a good candidate for dental implants. They will establish this by reviewing your health records, medical history, dental X-rays, and lifestyle. If your dentist deems that implants will work for you, he will oversee the entire process, starting with an appointment to your oral surgeon.
However, in some cases, patients are not good candidates for dental implants. For example, you may lack the adequate jawbone tissue needed to support an implant post or have health issues that would preclude the use of implants. If implants are not an option for your situation, we can discuss alternatives, like contemporary custom bridges, partial dentures, or full dentures. While dental implants have many benefits, modern dental materials have revolutionized the fit, function, appearance, and durability of traditional dental prosthetics.
Schedule a Consultation to Learn More
If you are missing teeth or struggle with loose, slipping dentures, we would like to talk with you about dental implants. Contact us today and find out if dental implants are a good option for you.