Have you lost one or more teeth? Has your dentist suggested that you see an oral surgeon for dental implants? An oral and maxillofacial surgeon (OMS) is a specialist with additional education and training to perform a variety of surgeries in and around the oral cavity. Every year, these specialists receive continuing education such as attending a dental implants seminar to stay abreast of the latest surgical techniques and technologies to provide high quality care to patients. When you choose an OMS, you will receive highly specialized care personalized for your unique needs.
What are dental implants, exactly?
Think of dental implants as replacements for the roots of teeth. Embedded into the jaw, these replacement roots will anchor and hold prosthetics such as dental crowns, bridges, and even dentures. A dental implant is made from titanium. This metal is ideal because it allows for osseointegration, the process where bone fuses to metal. The body will not reject titanium as a foreign object, allowing it to integrate to hard tissue. Osseointegration also means that dental implants will be very durable and long lasting.
Will my smile appear natural?
If patients choose white colored materials for their restorations, their smiles will look very lifelike. Crowns and bridges can be made from porcelain, a very natural looking material because it comes in a range of white shades and reflects light as tooth enamel does. Porcelain fused over metal is also available. Since crowns and bridges replace lost visible tooth structure, they will serve as beautiful restorations if tooth colored materials are used. All restorations are made in dental laboratories based on very exact measurements. This means that a bridge or dental crown will replace a patient’s specific tooth or teeth.
How do I know if I am a candidate for dental implants?
Normally, patients who have lost teeth and have healthy jawbone density are candidates for dental implants. Some conditions, however, such as gum disease can affect one’s candidacy. The best way to determine if implants are right for you is to reserve a consultation with one of our skilled oral and maxillofacial surgeons.
Call EverSmile today to reserve an appointment.