Dental implants are fixtures that are placed into the bone beneath the gums to replace the roots of missing teeth. Once the implant is completely integrated with the bone, a crown is fabricated to be screwed on top of it. There are many reasons why one might consider dental implants, and here is everything you need to know when you are considering speaking to your dentist about them.
There are four options everyone must ultimately choose from to replace a missing tooth.
1) choose to place an implant
2) choose to have a fixed bridge
3) choose to have a removable partial denture
4) choose to do nothing
The gold standard option in most cases is a dental implant. It provides the closest feel to a natural tooth during chewing. It allows the patient to floss easily and allows the dentists to easily restore them with the appropriate shape and size of the crown.
Dental implant surgeries can vary from a single tooth to reconstruction of the entire mouth. The most important prerequisites to dental implants are healthy gums and adequate bone support. Some dentists will refrain from operating on heavy nicotine smokers, people with uncontrolled diabetes or osteoporosis, and sometimes customers with compromised immune systems. It’s always best to speak with your dentist at Broadway Smiles to fully evaluate your eligibility.
Some insurance providers are starting to offer coverage for implant surgery or implant crown procedures, so it’s always worth checking to see if you qualify for some reimbursement.
A visit to your general dentist is necessary to evaluate the area of missing teeth for an implant. During that visit, there will be a review of the medical history, assessing the current oral hygiene habits, and collection of radiographs and records to see if you are eligible for an implant.
To properly determine whether dental implants are right for you, visit your local Kitsilano dentist at Broadway Smiles. We are always happy to help you find the right solution to all your dental needs.