Some patients are not born with a full set of 32 permanent teeth. In these cases, they should consider prosthetic tooth replacement options to complete their smiles. In the right conditions, dental implants can be a good solution for replacing a congenitally missing tooth.
Structure of a Dental Implant
Dental implants are unique among tooth replacement treatments because they consist of a root-like structure that supports a prosthetic crown or appliance. The dental implant is a titanium cylinder that an oral surgeon inserts into the jaw. After dental implant placement, the surrounding bone gradually fuses with the implant’s surface, and the dental implant becomes a fixture in the patient’s jaw.
Qualifying for Dental Implants
The quality of bone at the implant site is a critical element of long-term dental implant success. Often times, patients with congenitally missing teeth may also be lacking some bone structure in the area. This doesn’t necessarily preclude dental implants as a treatment option, however. Your oral surgeon will examine your jaw and take x-rays at the site to determine whether it’s possible to proceed with dental implant placement. If you don’t have sufficient bone, a preliminary bone graft can supplement the tissue at the site and make you a better candidate for this treatment.
Depending on the specifics of your case, a surgeon may need to collaborate with an orthodontist on the treatment plan if space needs to be created to accommodate the dental implant. These two specialists will work closely to plan for the timing and coordination of such treatments.
Unique Benefits of Dental Implants
If a dental implant is suitable for your situation, you will gain a number of benefits from choosing this treatment option. Implant-supported crowns and bridges can remain in place for a number of years when you take proper care of them. Additionally, they are quite functional and can contribute to chewing almost as much as a biological tooth can.
Dental implants may be a good treatment solution if you want to replace congenitally missing teeth. Schedule an evaluation at Northern Texas Facial & Oral Surgery to learn about the possible options in your case.