Dr. Peter Spennato: Do I need dental implants?

Dr. Peter Spennato can do more than just clean your teeth, whiten them up, and ensure your smile is the best it can possibly be; he can also look out for your overall dental health as well. He also offers dental implants as part of his services. How do you know if you need dental implants? Dental implant patients are all ages, and implants may be the right choice for anyone missing one, multiple, or even all of their teeth due to injury, defects, disease or decay.

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If you’re new to the concept of dental implants, there are some basic information that you must know. Dental implants are artificial tooth roots that provide a permanent base for fixed, replacement teeth. These are metal posts or frames that are surgically positioned into the jawbone beneath your gums. Once in place, they allow your dentist to mount replacement teeth onto them. Compared to dentures, bridges and crowns, dental implants are a popular and effective long-term solution for people who suffer from missing teeth, failing teeth or chronic dental problems. Because they fit, feel and function like natural teeth, dental implants are quickly becoming the new standard in tooth replacement.

Because implants fuse to your jawbone, they provide stable support for artificial teeth. Dentures and bridges mounted to implants won’t slip or shift in your mouth—an especially important benefit when eating and speaking. This secure fit helps the dentures and bridges feel more natural. An advantage of implants is that no adjacent teeth need to be prepared or ground down to hold your new replacement tooth/teeth in place. To receive implants, you need to have healthy gums and adequate bone to support the implant. You must also commit to keeping these structures healthy.

You can use dental implants to replace a single tooth, multiple teeth or a full upper and/or lower set of teeth. If you need to restore a full arch, you may be a perfect candidate for the all-on-four treatment. Nearly anyone in good health whose jaw has finished growing is a candidate, whether they were simply born without a tooth or lost one or more teeth due to injury, decay, gum (periodontal) disease, infection or another reason. Dental implants also are a great option for patients who don’t want the drawbacks of, or can no longer wear, removable dentures. Consult with your doctor before undergoing any dental procedure.