Since dental implants are closely connected to the gum tissue and jawbone, a good candidate in Asheville must have healthy gum tissue and adequate bone in the jaw. In some cases, if there is inadequate bone material in the jaw, bone grafts can be performed.
Dental implants at the office of Dr. Wendy Willoughby, DDS consist of an artificial root usually made of titanium that is embedded into the jawbone. The bone gradually grows around the titanium post to hold it securely in place. Healthy gum also grows around the tip of the post. Once the artificial root is securely held, a crown or artificial tooth is attached to an abutment on the top of the post. Since adequate bone support is required for implant dentistry, it is not recommended for children because their bones have not completely developed. It is important to have good overall health in order to qualify for this treatment.
Dental implants require the same care as natural teeth. They are the next best thing to natural teeth as they are also held firmly in your mouth. You need to brush and floss them and have regular dental checkups every year.
Dental implants look, feel and function just like natural teeth. Unlike dentures and bridges, you never take out your implants and you do not need to worry that they will make clicking sounds when you speak or eat. There are no dietary restrictions as with dentures, so you can bite an apple and chew raw carrots and nuts just as you used to do. As with natural teeth, chewing ice and hard candy is not recommended.
Dental implants can also be used to anchor dentures. Conventional dentures sit on the gums and often shift in the mouth, causing pain and embarrassment. Anchored dentures are attached to several dental implants that hold the dentures firmly in place. Implants to anchor dentures are usually placed at the front of the lower jaw. Regular dentures are often more secure in the upper jaw and do not require implants. When your lower dentures are held secure by implants, you may find it easier to speak and not worry that the denture will fall out of your mouth. You may be able to eat foods you could not eat before.
Dental implants are the standard solution for missing teeth. They may last for at least 10 years if they are properly cared for, and in some cases, last a lifetime. When you visit the office of Dr. Wendy Willoughby, DDS in Asheville, you will learn if you are a good candidate. Contact us today to schedule an appointment!