Dental Implant Dentist
The main medical use of dental implants is to support dental prosthetics. In our office, these implants are most often made from zirconia, which has the very useful property of being able to naturally fuse with the jawbone that it is inserted into.
The choice of whether to use implants or not is determined primarily by the health of the patients, as is the decision to commit to any kind of dental treatment. If they have poor oral hygiene, are heavy smokers, or they are diabetics, it will increase the likelihood of perio-implantitis and long term failure of the implants.
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Long term steroid use and osteoporosis can also increase risk of early failure of implants. These are all things that the dentist will take into account when making their assessment. We always want to make the best decision for our patient and their oral health and we have had tremendous success with dental implants.
Other things that are taken into account in the placing of implants are the distribution of pressures in biting, as there is no periodontal ligament to provide a sense of pressure when biting. The importance of how this pressure is distributed lies in the fact that concentrated force could result in the fracture of bridgework or implants, which we want to avoid at all costs.
If you want to get dental implants, have questions about them, or just want to make an appointment at our dental office, please contact us today!