When are Implants Necessary?
By Botts Dental Spa
April 03, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  

While dental implants can benefit most people with one or more missing teeth, you may question their necessity. However, implants are the only way to get a totally permanent replacement tooth and the closest thing to real teeth on the market. Learn more about dental implants with Dr. Jason Botts at Botts Dental Spa in Cordova, TN.

What are dental implants? 
Dental implants are a state-of-the-art cosmetic and restorative dental procedure which replaces your missing teeth. The implant itself, called a fixture, is a small titanium post which lies inside of the jawbone and replaces your missing tooth’s root. After placing the initial implant, your mouth will heal and the bone will grow around the implant, holding it securely in place. Once the fixture has successfully integrated into the bone, your dentist will place a dental prosthetic on top of the implant to replace your missing tooth.

Do I need dental implants? 
Thanks to their versatility, dental implants can achieve a number of outcomes and are well-suited for many patients. If you have at least one missing tooth, you could benefit from dental implants. Implants can also replace several teeth in a row using a dental bridge, benefiting patients who have two or more missing teeth as well. Finally, some patients who have few or no remaining healthy natural teeth can also benefit from dental implants since several implants throughout the arch of the mouth can hold a permanent or removable denture in place.

Dental Implant Treatments in Cordova, TN
Dental implants require that the patient has enough bone volume remaining in their implant site to securely hold the fixture and prosthetic tooth in place. If a patient has experienced bone atrophy, or the degradation of the bone due to lack of stimulation, they may require a bone graft before beginning their dental implant process. Patients should also have the strong at-home oral care routine required to keep dental implants healthy and free of complications. With the proper care, your dental implants will last a lifetime.

For more information on dental implants, please contact Dr. Botts at Botts Dental Spa in Cordova, TN. Call (901) 737-2200 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Botts today!