A Permanent Solution To Tooth Loss
Living with missing teeth can impact your ability to eat, speak, and socialize properly but the effects don’t end there. Missing teeth can have a detrimental effect on your overall health and increase your risk for additional tooth loss, bone loss, periodontal diseases, and more. Dr. Kosinski recommends dental implants to restore your smile to full function and protection.
Dental implants are designed to replace your missing tooth from root to crown and are surgically implanted into your jawbone giving them superior durability. They are the only dental restoration that actively prevents bone deterioration and regrows jawbone. Dental implants look and function just like natural teeth, making them a highly recommended restoration option.
Read on to learn more about candidacy for dental implants.
Dental Implant Candidacy
During your initial consultation, Dr. Kosinski will conduct a thorough examination to ensure you’re a good candidate for dental implants. No two patients are the same which means we’ll never recommend a one-size-fits-all treatment for you. Based on your unique situation, Dr. Kosinski may recommend dental implants to help restore your smile.
Dental implants may be the right solution for you, if:
You want a complete, beautiful smile that radiates confidence.
Dental implants are made to look and feel just like your natural teeth. Customized from root to crown, you’ll be leaving our office with fully-restored teeth that blend seamlessly with your smile. So you’ll never have to worry about others noticing your restoration.
You want to live life without any restrictions.
Missing one or more teeth can make it hard to eat some of your favorite foods and can impact the way you pronounce certain words. With dental implants, you don’t have to limit your diet or worry about how you speak anymore because they completely restore the functionality of your teeth.
You want to protect your oral health for a lifetime.
When you lose a tooth due to decay or trauma, the lack of tooth roots below the gum line can lead to jawbone deterioration. The underlying bone needs to be stimulated so that it doesn’t degrade. Dental implants are the only tooth replacement solution that helps protect your gums from infection and prevents your jawbone from deteriorating. They’re made to last a lifetime and help improve your overall health.
You want to feel happy and free with a restored smile.
There’s no need to hide behind your hand when you laugh or smile. Dental implants offer you the freedom to smile on your own terms without fear of gaps in your smile. They’re also very realistic, natural-looking to the point no one will notice you have gotten implants.
You want a permanent solution that’s comfortable and easy to maintain.
When Dr. Kosinski completes your treatment with dental implants, the aftercare is simple. By brushing and flossing regularly, as well as visiting our office for check-ups, your new smile will remain healthy and beautiful for years to come.
Disqualifying Conditions For Dental Implants
Dental implants never have to be removed due to them being surgically placed into the jawbone. Dental implants have a 90-95% success rate which is why they are highly recommended. The success is determined by your jaw strength, oral health, and your body’s ability to heal and following a thorough examination, Dr. Kosinski will be able to determine if dental implants are a suitable option for you.
Dental implants may not be the right solution for you, if:
You have a weakened or compromised immune system.
Dental implants are made up of three parts— the titanium post, the abutment, and the dental crown. The titanium post is surgically implanted into the jaw bone and through a process called osseointegration, the post will fuse with your jawbone. This is what gives implants their permanence and what prevents jawbone deterioration. Osseointegration can take between four to six months and is highly dependent on the body’s ability to heal itself.
If you have an underlying health problem such as an autoimmune disorder, diabetes, cancer, or take any medications which weaken your immune system, Dr. Kosinski may recommend an alternative option.
Your oral health is in poor standing.
When at-home dental hygiene habits fall by the wayside, it can result in a build-up of bacteria that can cause gum disease and tooth decay. Either condition can harm the success of your dental implants. After placing your implant, your body needs time to heal and during this time both your body and gums are vulnerable. If bacteria is present during this process, it can put both your oral and overall health at risk.
Your jaw isn’t fully developed.
Dental implants for children aren’t typically recommended due to the fact that your child’s jaw is still growing. The implant can shift out of place as the jaw grows and can cause your child’s permanent teeth to grow crooked or shift.
Your jawbone isn’t strong enough to support the dental implant.
Dental implants are incredibly durable, permanent, and stable due to the fact that they are implanted into the jaw. In order for this to work successfully, a certain amount of jawbone density is needed. The osseointegration process can’t happen successfully if there’s not enough bone.
Depending on your unique situation, you may still qualify for dental implants with a supplemental procedure. If lack of jawbone density or gum recession is what disqualifies you supplemental procedures are used to ensure you have enough jawbone or gum tissue so that you can have a successful implant process.
Frequently Asked Questions
If I have dentures, can I upgrade to dental implants?
In most cases, yes! Quite a few of our patients have shown interest in upgrading from dentures to dental implants. Implant-supported dentures offer the best of both worlds, combining the convenience of dentures with the stability and long-term health benefits of implants. If you’ve suffered from bone loss in your jaw or if you have gum disease, a supplemental procedure can prepare you for implant placement.
If I have gum disease, can I still get dental implants?
Healthy gums are crucial to the success of your implants, so patients with gum disease won’t be able to immediately qualify for the procedure. Thankfully, our dentists offer a variety of treatments to eliminate gum infections and restore the health of your smile. Once your gums are free of bacteria, you’ll be ready for implant placement.
Dental Implants With Dr. Kosinski
Ensuring the success of your dental implant is a top priority at Smile Creator. If you’d like to learn more about dental implants or want to know if you qualify for dental implants, give our Bingham office a call at (248)-251-0795 to schedule an appointment today. You can also fill out our online contact form at the bottom of this page and one of our staff will be happy to assist you.