Congenitally Missing Teeth: Are dental implants an option?

dental implants RichmondHypodontia, or congenitally missing teeth, tends to affect lateral incisors and premolars. When these teeth fail to develop, patients may pursue treatment options like braces to close the gaps between teeth or prosthetics to complete their smiles. Adults who have congenitally missing teeth may benefit from dental implants. If you are interested in finding out if dental implants meet your needs, we encourage you to schedule a consultation with our oral surgeon.

Why choose dental implants?

Dental implants can be used to complete a smile affected by damaged and diseased teeth along with those who have hypodontia. Many oral healthcare providers view dental implants as the superior tooth replacement method because of their durability, lifespan, and ability to facilitate healthy oral function.

A dental implant will ultimately function like the root of a tooth. It is embedded into the jawbone through a minor surgical procedure. Through a biological process called “osseointegration”, the jawbone will literally fuse around the implant’s structure to anchor it in place. Once an implant is stabilized, it can hold a permanent dental crown. Dental implants and their accompanying restorations provide a structurally complete replacement tooth.

Dental implants stimulate the jawbone, which helps keep bone dense and healthy. They also provide support to adjacent biological teeth. Since bone supports dental implants, patients can enjoy a rich diet with little restrictions and unencumbered speech. When tooth-colored restorations are attached to dental implants, patients with congenitally missing teeth enjoy a beautiful and healthy-looking smile.

Can anyone receive dental implants?

Many people can benefit from implant dentistry, but not all patients make good candidates for this procedure. Those who struggle with advanced gum disease or osteoporosis in the jaw may not be eligible for this treatment option. Any condition that affects bone health may lead to implant failure.

The only way to determine if dental implants meet your needs is to schedule an appointment with a dentist or oral surgeon. A dental implant consultation involves a physical examination, diagnostic images, and a review of your health history.

Call Commonwealth Oral & Facial Surgery to reserve an implant dentistry consultation with our oral surgeon.

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