Your teeth were intended to last a lifetime, but sometimes they don’t. Making the decision to replace missing teeth is important to your general health and to the health of your other teeth. Not only do you lose the ability to chew when a tooth is lost, missing teeth can cause other teeth to be lost, crowded and create future problems.
There are the obvious complications of poor appearance and loss of self-esteem caused by one or more missing teeth. Having dental implants should always be regarded as an option to replace a weak or missing tooth. Dental implants have been used for treating missing teeth for over 50 years. The procedure is recognized as a successful treatment choice. This method of permanent replacement is considered more reliable than bridgework, resin bonded bridges and endodontic treatment.
Most patients ponder the difficult decision to undergo surgery. Utilizing a method to insert dental implants to replace one or more missing teeth can be a little stressful. Many practitioners, including general dentists, are well qualified to perform implants, based on their extensive experience and in-depth training. Dr. Thomas Gonzales and his well trained staff will provide all the answers to the questions you have about dental implants.
What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are replacements for the roots of missing teeth. They act as a foundation for a replacement tooth, crown or a set of replacement teeth. The replacement of the entire upper/lower and at times both is also known as the Hybrid 4 and All-on-4® procedure.
Am I A candidate For Implants?
Implant patients are of all ages and implant dentistry can be the right choice for anyone missing one or more teeth. There are many reasons a potential patient may want dental implants. Some people have had an injury, others may have been born without certain teeth. Neglected and decayed teeth are prime candidates for dental implants. They are especially practical for patients who can no longer wear removable dentures. Your dentist can determine if you are a candidate for dental implants after a careful evaluation of your dental and medical history.
Are There Different Kinds of Implants?
There are many shapes, sizes and brands of implants available. Dr. Gonzales educates his patients to determine which implants are the best for you and help you create the beautiful smile of your dreams.
Do I Have Enough Bone?
An important factor is for a patient to have enough bone to support the implant. If you do not have enough bone, there are many safe and effective ways to correct bone deficiency. Dr. Gonzales will assess this and advise you if additional bone material is needed.
Will This Take A Long Time?
Treatment time can vary greatly depending on your needs. Each situation requires a separate evaluation. Dr. Gonzales will be able to give you an approximate timetable. Having a great plan is the best, that way there are no surprises.
Whom Should I Consult For My Implant Treatment?
There are a lot of choices for implant dentistry but getting a long lasting, natural looking comfortable fit comes down to the skill and experience of the dentist. Dr. Gonzales has been a guest speaker on dental implants for over 20 years. He maintains a commitment to excellence and has spent countless hours mastering the placement of dental implants at the prestigious Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies and the The Dental Implant Institute.