James W. Rehm DMD LLC
Living with one or multiple missing teeth can have a devastating effect not only on your daily life, but also on your oral health. It takes a toll on your nutrition, health and confidence.
You are also at greater risk for losing more teeth. Without replacement, your healthy teeth will begin to shift into the open space left by your missing tooth. This puts them at risk for periodontal disease, fractures, and other damage.
There's another major concern, as well. Without the tooth root, your jawbone will begin to deteriorate, or lose density. Not only does this change the appearance of your face, it also puts your remaining teeth at risk for further loss due to the absence of bone support.
The good news is that dental implants may be the solution you’ve been looking for, and Dr. Rehm offers comprehensive implant care. He can guide you through the entire process of replacing your missing teeth with dental implants.
What Is a Dental Implant?
In this procedure, a small titanium shaft is surgically implanted into the bone and allowed to set. The bone grows around it forming a right connection, which additionally slows or stops the bone loss that occurs when the root of a natural tooth is missing. Once the implant is firmly set in the mouth, Dr. Rehm will work to attach the replacement tooth onto the top of the shaft.
An implant closely mimics your natural tooth, so you’ll enjoy optimum function and be able to talk, chew, and eat as you did before. Implants are a very reliable treatment, boasting a 95% success rate. They also provide great longevity as they can potentially last a lifetime with great home care and regular dental check-ups.
Am I a Candidate for Dental Implants?
Dental implants do require a few key elements to be in place in order to be successful. First, it’s best if the patient is a non-smoker and in good overall health. Next, it’s important that the patient has enough healthy bone structure to support the dental implant.
Dr. Rehm can determine if dental implants will work well for your needs with a thorough examination and x-rays. We work with surgeons who will evaluate your bone and determine the most accurate placement of your implant.
If you don’t have enough bone structure to support an implant, a surgeon can perform a bone grafting procedure that will help to build and enhance your bone structure. After the appropriate healing time has passed, your natural bone will integrate with the graft and be ready for implant placement. This procedure makes implants accessible to patients who may not have been good candidates for implants in the past.
If you’ve lived with one or more missing teeth, it’s time to reclaim your confidence, health, and your smile!