Looking and feeling our best has become the mantra for the twenty-first century yet few of us actually understand what procedures are available, their implications for treatment, and what exactly is involved to achieve the desired results. Dentistry is one of those medical practices that fall into this category especially with dental implants frequently raising questions.
At Rollingson and Heggie Dentistry we provide reliable and trustworthy dental service to all of our patients in a safe, comfortable, and accessible location for your family’s general dental needs. As a full-service dental office, we believe it’s important for our patients of all ages and walks of life to have the information necessary to make good choices for your oral health – including if dental implants are right for you.
Dentists have been using dental implants to replace missing teeth for more than 40 years. When a damaged or decayed tooth is removed, both the visible part of the tooth, called the crown, and the root are lost. Dental implant surgery involves placing a metal post in your jawbone to fuse with your natural bone, and attaching a crown or artificial tooth to it to replace damaged or missing teeth. They can be used as single implants to replace one tooth, or as multiple implants to replace a section of teeth, to replace all upper and lower teeth, or to help dentures stay in place. Dental implants allow you to confidently eat, laugh, talk, and enjoy all the activities of everyday life without thinking about your teeth. Dental implants are an extremely viable, reproducible, and durable replacement and are the closest thing you can get to healthy, natural teeth.
Are dental implants right for you?
The best way to determine if you are a candidate is to see a dental implant expert like the dentists at Rollingson and Heggie Dentistry. Questions to ask before dental implants are:
- Do you have one or more missing teeth?
- Do you have a bridge that needs to be replaced?
- Do your dentures affect your quality of life by slipping, clicking or keeping you from eating what you want?
- Do you have bite problems or pain because of a missing tooth?
- Do you want a treatment option for missing teeth that provides a more permanent, long-term solution?
- If you answer “yes” to one or more of these questions, dental implants might be an option for you.
Not everyone is realistically a good candidate however, patients with a history of bone diseases, extensive treatments with bisphosphonates, head and neck radiation, liver diseases, periodontal disease, smoking or tobacco use, and heavy clenching and grinding are high risk for dental implant failure. Furthermore, individuals who are still growing (possibly into your early twenties) cannot have implants placed until growth is complete.
As your dentists in Lethbridge, Rollingson and Heggie Dentistry is here to answer your oral health questions, including any about dental implants. If you have an emergency, require immediate assistance, or to schedule your appointment contact us at 403-381-7423 today. We look forward to serving you.