Well over half the people in the United States are missing one or more teeth, and 30 percent of people ages 65-74 have lost all their teeth. Those numbers may be shocking, but the process of replacing missing teeth is easier than ever with dental implants from Dr. Thomas Overmeyer at Overmeyer Family Dental in Orlando, FL!
ABOUT DENTAL IMPLANTS
Dental implants have revolutionized the process of replacing missing teeth. A dental implant is a very small screw, usually made from titanium or a titanium alloy, that’s inserted into the bone where a tooth has gone missing. The bone fuses to the implant and holds it just as securely as one of your natural tooth roots. In fact, implants function as replacement tooth roots, and that’s good thing.
When you chew, the pressure is transferred down to the tooth root (or implant) and into the bone. That stimulation helps keep bone strong and healthy.
An abutment is attached to the dental implant, and a restoration – a single crown, a bridge, or even a full arch of replacement teeth – is attached to the abutment. The result is a replacement tooth or teeth that look, feel, and function just like your natural teeth!
Most people can benefit from receiving dental implants. The most important consideration is the thickness and strength of the bone that supports the implants. It has to be thick enough to anchor the implant firmly and strong enough to withstand the enormous pressure of chewing.
When a tooth goes missing, the underlying bone no long has the stimulation it needs to remain strong and healthy. It begins to deteriorate, and that deterioration can make regular dental implants not the best solution. However, mini dental implants – smaller-size implants – can be an option for people whose bone isn’t in the best of condition.
There are other options for restoring and strengthening the bone including sinus lifts and bone grafting.
Another consideration is the presence of gum disease. Implant placement is almost always not advised in the presence of an active infection. Once the gum disease has been resolved, the implant procedure can take place.
Get Started On Your Road To Beautiful New Teeth!
When you schedule a dental implant consultation with Dr. Thomas Overmeyer at Overmeyer Family Dental in Orlando, FL, he’ll perform a thorough examination and take detailed digital images. He’ll use his findings to determine whether dental implants, mini dental implants, or some other solution is right for you.
You might have other dental issues, and Dr. Overmeyer will advise whether you’d benefit from a procedure known as full-mouth reconstruction. Dental implants are often used as part of that series of procedures.
You don’t have to live with missing teeth. Dental implants can give you back the ability to smile with confidence, eat the foods you love easily, and enjoy life again! Schedule your dental implant consultation with Dr. Thomas Overmeyer at Overmeyer Family Dental in Orlando, FL. Call our office today at 407-603-3839 to get started on your road to a great smile and a your healthiest mouth.