72 Hughes Road., Madison, AL 35758    (256) 772-5757

August 26, 2013
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Dental implants have become the standard of care to replace missing teeth in suitable patients.  Although more and more patients are experiencing the implant process, most patients still don't fully understand implants and the overwhelming benefits they provide.  Below are the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions on implants and why they are a good option for replacing missing teeth. 

Q~ Why should I replace my missing teeth?

    There are many reasons to replace missing teeth, even if the spaces don't bother you cosmetically.  All the teeth in the mouth work as a team to provide an ideal chewing situation.  If one of the members of the team is lost it can cause other teeth surrounding that open area to shift and drift causing your bite to change, difficulties in chewing and bone loss issues. 

Q~ What exactly is a dental implant and what is the process?

    A dental implant is a biocompatible titanium screw that is placed into the bone under general anesthesia by a specialist (oral surgeon or periodontist).  The area is the allowed to heal as osseointegration occurs (integrating of the implant into the surrounding bone).  After osseointegration has taken place, the implant is restored with an abutment and crown by your general dentist. 

Q~ Do dental implants only replace single teeth?

     No!  Dental implants are utilized in many different situations including multiple missing teeth and even patients that are completely edentulous (missing all of their teeth).  Dental implants can be placed as supports for a bridge (connected crowns) or as support for a denture.

Q~ What makes a patient "suitable" for implants?

    A patient who wants to pursue implants must have an updated medical history filed with his or her general dentist and a current examination including x-rays.  The patient also needs sufficient bone or gum tissue.  The specialist will determine whether there is enough bone or gum tissue to place an implant or if a tissue/bone graft would be necessary.  Adolescents may be suitable once facial structure has matured. 

If you have any questions about implants or the implant process please feel free to call our office at (256) 772-5757.

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Dentist - Madison
72 Hughes Rd
Madison, AL 35758
(256) 772-5757