Chances are you may be a very good candidate for implants. At Family Dental Care we have produced some beautiful smiles with implants. Very few medical conditions can prevent the installation of an implant. Age normally is not a factor in deciding whether to have an implant or not. People with thinning bone (osteoporosis), a common problem found in the elderly can even have implants.
A small post, made from titanium is placed in the bone of your upper or lower jaw where the tooth is missing. (Oftentimes, bone grafting needs to be done to fill the socket of the missing tooth). After the bone has healed from placing the post (healing can take up to 12 weeks, but some patients heal more quickly); the artificial tooth is placed on the post. It matches your other teeth in size, shape, and color.
If you have no teeth at all, you have more reason than ever to call for a consultation with us, Family Dental Care, at 270.282.0909. Patients with uncomfortable dentures are using dental implants instead. Even just two implants can be placed for a lower denture giving the dentures more support and retention. This is called an overdenture. There are so many reasons now that patients are choosing an implant over more conventional methods.
Most people claim there is not much discomfort with having an implant done. Some compare it to a tooth extraction. You would be numbed or sedated for the procedure. Afterward, you may use Tylenol or Motrin for any discomfort of soreness.
Dental implants have been very successful for hundreds of thousands of patients over the past 30 years. The success rate with implants is over 90%. Please do not hesitate to call us at 270.282.0909 if you have any questions or to set-up a consultation.