Most cases of missing teeth can be replaced with an implant, but not every space or every patient is suitable. The space should have a healthy amount of gum and bone tissue (this can be improved with additional procedures) and be in a safe area for treatment. Some patients are at risk of complications, if they smoke, consume excess alcohol, have gum disease, or are suffering from certain medical problems.
Depending on your situation, your dentist can recommend placing a single implant to support one crown to replace one missing tooth, or support bridgework to replace two or three missing teeth. Several implants (2-6) can be placed at intervals to support a denture or bridgework to replace three missing teeth up to an entire arch. Dental implants last a lifetime with proper care.
During your first appointment for dental implants, your dentist will review your medical history and investigate lifestyle factors that may affect your treatment, such as smoking and alcohol consumption. He will then physically examine your mouth and take x-rays, 3D scans, impressions, and photos to help design your tooth replacement and plan your treatment.
If the dentist identifies any oral or medical problems that may reduce the chances of a successful implant, the team will try to help you manage them. Ideally, the mouth should be free of gum disease, infections, and excessive teeth wear and tear. If it’s not, we will help you improve your oral health first.
Since implant placement is a surgical procedure, it requires a long healing period of three to four months before crown placement. During this time, the dentist will place dentures or partials to cover the gap and allow you to eat normally. Complex cases that involve soft and hard tissue grafting will take nearly twice as long. But the actual time depends on your age, health, number of teeth, and quantity and quality of bone tissue.
Please consult your dentist for a personal examination to determine if you’re a good candidate.