Dentures, crowns or bridges can be simply affixed to the gums after they have been correctly fitted. However, there are some who experience discomfort and lack of confidence due to these items shifting around when they speak or eat. Some individuals aren’t even able to use dentures or crowns due to sore spots, gagging or poor ridges. This is where implants play its role to hold the dentures or crowns/bridges stronger in its place.
Implants, in the form of metal poles or frames, are implanted into your jawbone, where the missing tooth is. The dentist will numb the area, make an incision in the gums and implant the metal pole or frame within. Implants are most recommended for those requiring a bridge, which is a row of at least 3 crowns. Patients who are getting a bridge need to have the adjacent good teeth grounded tosupport the bridge. By using implants, the patients’ adjacent teeth do not need to support the bridge in any way and therefore will not be affected.
Can anyone get implants?
The answer is yes, if you have enough bone to have the implants embedded. If there is some bone loss, implants are still possible but the bone must first be rebuilt before the implants can be anchored. In addition, your gums must be healthy too.
You should also be strongly committed to maintaining a high level of oral care and hygiene of the implanted teeth and the surrounding gums. No extra care is needed actually, just regular brushing and flossing is sufficient, as how you should be already doing daily. Regular visits to the dentists are also important; getting implants doesn’t mean your dental care ends there.
However, some individuals are less suited to have dental implants:
- Heavy smokers
As incisions are made to your gums to allow the implants to be introduced into your jawbone, you will need all the speedy healing of the wounds but smoking only deters that
- Pregnant women
There are many reasons why mothers-to-be are not recommended to get dental implants. The baby leaches calcium from its mother’s bones if her diet is calcium-insufficient, hindering the recovery from the surgery. Furthermore, fluctuating hormones can impact oral health and it may be more difficult for a pregnant woman than any other individual to integrate the implant into the jawbone.
Finally, before the implant can be carried out, numerous x-rays are required to understand the structure of the jawbone. Everyone knows that radiation is bad for the unborn baby.
- Teenagers whose jawbones are still growing
- People with a habit of grinding or clenching their teeth severely
This put pressure on the implants and lead to a higher risk of failure
- People under medication that causes the immune system to weaken
- People who receive high levels of radiation in the head and neck area
- People who suffer from the following conditions:
- Unmanaged diabetes
- Weak immune system
- Connective-tissue conditions
A detailed evaluation on your suitability to have implants will be conducted when you walk into Dental Above, a private dental practice that has been established for the past 20 years in Balwyn North, Victoria. Dental implants, crowns and bridges are just a few of its specialization offeredthe local community and also beyond in Melbourne, where it is close by.