Trauma or decay can contribute to lost teeth. Dental implants can fix this problem. Here's how.
If you've taken a drive down a major highway or sat through a series of television commercials, you might have seen advertisements for dental implants. Maybe a friend or coworker has mentioned them or you've seen brochures at in your Olathe dentist's office Esthetic Enhancement. If you're missing any of your teeth, you might be wondering "Are these dental implants a good solution for me?" The dental team of Dr. Anthony Marengo, Dr. Jacob Sylvester and Dr. Debby Patel in Olathe, Kansas are happy to answer this question for their patients.
What exactly are dental implants?
Dental implants have three parts: the post simulates a natural tooth's root. It looks similar to a screw, only much smaller, and is made of high-quality titanium. A brief surgical procedure at Esthetic Enhancement in Olathe places the post under the gum line, allowing a few months for the jawbone to grow around it and secure it in place. The middle section of an implant is the abutment, which will be attached to the top of the post once it has fully healed. The abutments connects the topmost section - the crown - and the post. Crowns are made of porcelain or ceramic and allow for the regular function to return - chewing, talking and support for the nearby teeth - while appearing exactly like a natural tooth would.
How do I know if dental implants are right for me?
As your Olathe dentists will explain to you, dental implants can replace teeth in a variety of circumstances. They can take the place of just one tooth or several - if a full set is needed, your Olathe dentists often create a set of dentures that are firmly held in place by a several implants. These "fixed" dentures are a great alternative to the conventional removable type. Regardless of how many dental implants are required, they provide a high quality and long-lasting way of retaining dental function. They not only look like regular teeth, but they can be cared for in a similar way. Dental implants typically only need daily brushing and flossing along with regular checkups with your Olathe dentists to keep them working well. With the proper care and maintenance, dental implants can last a lifetime.
Your Olathe dentists caution that not everyone's jawbone is suited for dental implants. If the bone has sustained damage or deterioration, or the patient's immune system is unstable, Drs. Marengo, Sylvester and Patel may suggest different restorative options to their Olathe dental patients.
Having a thorough evaluation is the first step in determining your candidacy for dental implants, so call your Olathe dentist today at Esthetic Enhancement to set up an appointment!