Dental implants are an adaptable, resilient, and long-lasting solution for replacing missing teeth. Implants can be used to replace a single tooth, several teeth, or all of the teeth. Unlike the alternatives - dentures, bridges, and crowns – dental implants actually preserve the bone tissue and are strong enough to function like natural teeth, because they are surgically embedded within the gums. Other treatment options for replacing missing teeth may repair the problem in the short term, but they will eventually break down and need to be replaced. On the contrary, dental implants can potentially last a lifetime and serve as a permanent replacement for missing teeth if cared for properly.
The majority of patients qualify for dental implants, but you should talk to Dr. Richardson about any existing medical conditions. If you can undergo other standard dental procedures, you will more than likely qualify for dental implants. Ideally, patients will be in good oral and overall health, but dental implants have been performed on patients with conditions such as heart disease, cancer, and diabetes. In addition, patients must have sufficient bone to support the implants since they are placed within the gum tissue where they will hopefully fuse with the existing jaw bone. If a patient does not have adequate bone to hold the implant, Dr. Richardson will need to perform a bone grafting procedure before missing teeth can be replaced with dental implants. Gum disease is another condition that requires treatment before implants can be placed, as the ensuing decay and bacteria may negatively impact the success of implant.
Periodontists are dental professionals who specialize in gum tissues and the underlying bone in the mouth, so dental implants naturally fall into their areas of expertise. If you are considering replacing any missing teeth with dental implants, call Denver Periodontics & Implant Dentistry to schedule an appointment with Dr. Heather Richardson, who is an experienced periodontist in the Centennial, Colorado area.