Substituting the natural function and esthetics of a missing tooth (or teeth) can be a challenging feat, and, while no dental restoration can actually fill in for one’s real tooth, a dental implant is the nearest man-made answer from today’s dentistry. Dental implants are an important and adaptable part of today’s dental treatment plans. Dental implants can be used to replace a single tooth, a few teeth or all of your teeth. Dental implants can be utilized to secure a bridge, a single crown or an entire set of dentures.
Athletes Both Young And Old
Occasionally, a high school student experiences an accident or injury from sports and finds that they have lost a tooth. Of course, the wise move to make when that occurs is to retrieve the tooth, push it back into the empty socket, and find the nearest on-call emergency dentist. Because there’s a certain pride in playing on, broken tooth and all, the logical course of action is often lost in the shuffle.
Thank goodness, Dr. Louis R. Garcia can place a dental implant so the virgin teeth on each side don’t have to be ground down for a three-unit bridge.
Teens (And Sometimes Young Adults) Who Are Missing Their Eye Teeth (Canines)
Every now and then, Dominion Ridge Dentistry has an appointment with a boy or girl who’s permanent smile came in without their eye teeth. To us, it’s a dental challenge, but to our patient who is about to be transitioning into high school or maybe graduating high school, it’s really a self confidence brick wall.
In the past, orthodontists ignored the situation which not only caused the teen untold social embarrassment but also left them with a mismatched bite and the potential for a life of headaches and nighttime bruxism (grinding of their teeth). At Dominion Ridge Dentistry, we can open up the spaces even further and then place dental implants so the resulting smile is not only gorgeous, the teeth mesh comfortably and the occlusion (bite) is balanced.
Remember, generally, Dr. Louis R. Garcia doesn’t place implants into a young adult’s mouth before they’ve graduated high school.
People With Loose Dentures Or Partials
Seniors, or often middle-aged adults, who have lost all of their teeth and who have dentures and are finding it hard to maintain good nutrition because they cannot chew many healthy foods, turn to Dr. Louis R. Garcia for answers. These patients can’t eat the foods that they really like.
However, by using just a few implants in their jaws that solidly secure the dentures, they feel like they have all their natural teeth once more. Implants are stable, natural looking and are extremely durable. When someone gets dental implants, they find it easy to smile, laugh and eat without fearing that their dentures may slide or make noises or that their bridge will trap food.
The ideal candidate for a dental implant is in good general and oral health. You cannot have gum disease or any other compromising infection or condition in your mouth. Adequate bone must also be available in your jaw to support the dental implant and hold it securely in place. To determine this, Dr. Louis R. Garcia will evaluate your bone density and quantity. Keep in mind that, in a few cases where bone loss has occurred due to periodontal disease, dental implants may not be possible right away. If you are deficient in bone density and/or quantity in your jaw, this can often be corrected with a graft of bone or through the use of artificial bone to provide the right support for the implant.
There are a couple of red flags that may prohibit you from being a good candidate for dental implants, while other situations may temporarily sidetrack your dental implants until the conditions are successfully addressed. Here is a checklist:
• Diabetes that is not stabilized
• Radiation therapy
• Parathyroid disorders
• Disorders of the blood
• Rare bone disorders
• Bone marrow cancer
• Low sinus cavities
To check if you’re a good candidate to get a tooth implant, make sure you consult with Dr. Louis R. Garcia. You should inquire about Dr. Louis R. Garcia’s thorough schooling and experience when it comes to tooth implants. Similar to other kinds of oral surgery, putting in dental implants takes a certain degree of experience and training that quite a few dental practitioners just don’t have. Dr. Louis R. Garcia has been placing dental implants in San Antonio for many years.