Your oral health is quite important to your overall wellbeing. Strong and healthy teeth are often taken for granted, however, they are an undeniably vital part of our everyday life. When something happens that leads to tooth and bone loss, then, be it an accident or even as a result of the natural aging process, it is necessary to get the missing teeth replaced as quickly as possible. One of the best options at your disposal when it comes to replacing your natural teeth is dental implants. In fact, dental implant surgery offers a welcome and more effective alternative to bridgework or dentures, giving you a more artificial tooth.
What is dental implant surgery?
Dental implant surgery is the procedure during which new implants are introduced into your mouth. This kind of surgery can take a while to complete because how the bone in your jaw needs to heal around the implant, so you will need to make a few visits in order to complete the implant process. There are essentially two different stages to dental implant surgery. The first concerns the implant itself. This is where the actual post is placed in your socket. After that part of the surgery has healed, the second stage involves actually placing a replacement tooth – something like a crown, for example – onto the top of the implant. This leaves you with a replacement tooth that looks natural and functions much as your natural tooth did.
Who is a good candidate for dental implant surgery?
There are a few situations in which dental implant surgery can help dramatically increase a patient’s quality of life where dentures or bridgework would not. If you have at least one missing tooth and a jawbone that has already reached its full growth, then dental implant surgery might be a good option for you. You must also have enough bone to ensure the implants can be placed securely – if this is an issue, then you must be able to receive a bone graft in order to place enough bone in the area to do so. Your oral tissues must be healthy, and you must be free from health issues that can affect the bone healing process. Finally, you must be willing to commit the time to successfully complete the dental implant installation process.
What are the risks of dental implant surgery?
With dental implant surgery, risks are uncommon and usually easily treatable. Potential risks include the risk of infection during the healing process where the implant has been placed, damage or injury to surrounding areas during the surgery itself, potential nerve damage, or sinus issues. Keep in mind that these issues are rare, and that they are often very minor in nature and can be treated easily.
We can help you decide whether or not dental implant surgery is the right move to make for your oral health. Contact us today at (503) 420-7600 and schedule an appointment for an evaluation and exam, and speak with our dental professionals to discuss your options.