Dental Implants Are You a Candidate?

Dental Implants

Dr. James Hallam of Laurentian Dental Centre Kitchener

Dr. James Hallam, Laurentian Dental, Kitchener

Not too long ago, if you required replacement teeth, whether, for reasons of disease, accident or cosmetic preference, your choices were limited. Today, with innovation inspired by nature, modern dental implantology offers patients greatly expanded options when it comes to replacing one or more missing teeth.

Today’s dental implants can support artificial teeth that look natural and feel secure. Dental implants should function so well that you are not even aware of them, no matter what you are doing – eating, talking, sleeping or simply enjoying yourself. You may never have to remove your teeth, depending on the type of implant, and there’s nothing to give your friends the slightest clue that you have them. Most patients find implants to be completely and totally comfortable, both physiologically and psychologically.

Illustration of a dental implant in jaw.

Teeth that look natural and feel secure.

You don’t have to wait until you lose all your teeth before becoming a candidate for implants. Dental implants can be used when only one tooth is missing, when only the back teeth in either jaw have been lost, when there are large empty spaces between a few remaining teeth, even when all the teeth are missing. In many cases, dental implants offer a better chance of saving remaining teeth than a conventional bridge because they do not place the kind of stress on the remaining natural teeth that a bridge does.

Dental implants can also be utilized to attach full or partial dentures. If your dentures are loose fitting, or if they hurt, making it painful to chew or place any pressure on them, dental implants may be able to help you. They may also help patients who tend to gag on conventional dentures. Even if you have no teeth at all in one or both jaws, and have been condemned to wearing a denture, base and all – there is now hope for you. A few dental implants can easily support a full set of teeth in a totally toothless jaw, improving your chewing function and appearance as well.

“Today’s dental implants can support artificial teeth that look natural and feel secure.”

One of the most helpful things about dental implants is that age does not make a difference. If you are in good health, you can have dental implants placed, no matter how old you are. If you need or want to feel better and look better, dental implants may be right for you. A thorough evaluation by a dentist will help determine if you would be a good candidate.

There have been many advances in implant design, materials and techniques, and these revolutionary advances in dental science will continue to transform dentistry in the years ahead. Why not ask the dentist to share his knowledge about the latest advances in implant dentistry with you, to help select the form of treatment that may best restore your oral health.

Yours for better dental health,

This article has been updated from it’s original posting in October of 2012.

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