Dental implants are prosthetic teeth that look and function just like natural teeth. They are permanent fixtures that allow patients who have suffered from tooth loss to enjoy the foods the love and the confidence a gleaming smile can bring. Dental Implants are indeed a marvelous thing, that is why so many dental professionals place them. Many dentists are capable and in fact quite good at placing dental implants. However, in some cases it is crucial that you see an oral surgeon to have your dental implants placed the right way.
Reasons Why You May Need Dental Implants
Teeth don’t just fall out for no reason. There are many things that can cause your alveolar bone and periodontal ligament to become loose and release your tooth. Trauma is certainly one, as is surgical extraction for a number of reasons; however, the most common cause of tooth loss is periodontal disease. Periodontal disease begins as a bacterial infection in the gums. As it progresses it infects the bone tissue below the gums. As a result, teeth begin to fall out. However, the damage does not stop there. Your teeth are the glue that hold your jawbone together. When they fall out your alveolar bone begins to reabsorb. Making placement of dental implants not only critical but difficult.
The placement of dental implants after a tooth is lost will reinforce the maxilla bone. When the titanium posts are placed, new bone is grown that secures the post in place. This is how the implant is able to so successfully replace a lost natural tooth. A dental implant can stop the deterioration of the jaw bone, allowing a patient to continue living their life without any change in lifestyle.
Reasons Why You May Need an Oral Surgeon
Many dentists are trained to place dental implants in their patients. However, in some situations the expertise of an oral surgeon is necessary to place the bone correctly.
If a tooth is lost due to dental trauma, an oral surgeon will be the most qualified doctor to asses the damage and place the dental implant. Oral surgeons are experts in the oral and maxillofacial bone structure. Trauma that occurs in that region can cause more than just tooth loss problems. The sinuses and even the mandibular joint can become damaged and compromised, making the placement of a dental implant the least of a patient’s worries. An oral surgeon will be able to fix any damage caused by trauma and place implants to restore the function and aesthetics of the patient’s smile, not something a general dentist will be able to do.
Severe bone loss is one of the most common reasons why you would be referred to an oral surgeon for dental implants. If bone is not healthy enough to place an implant, your Melbourne, Florida oral surgeon will have the tools and technique to place the implant successfully. There are two ways that Dr. Sedaros can treat a patient with severe bone loss in order to place dental implants and improve and restore your quality of life. First, he can perform a bone graft. Bone grafts are procedures that encourage the body to create new bone by placing bone from another place in the body into the area where new bone is needed. When the bone is regrown and healthy enough, Dr. Sedaros can place a dental implant and help restore the quality of the patient’s life. One area that this is particularly difficult in is the maxilla. A sinus lift procedure is a bone graft performed in the sinuses so that there is enough bone to place a dental implant where the maxilla is compromised. While this procedure is very predictable and successful for placing dental implants, Dr. Sedaros is now able to provide his patient with zygomatic dental implants. In this procedure instead of growing bone in the sinuses to place dental implants, he is able to place the implant in the zygoma or cheekbone. This is a very specific and exact art form that requires the skills and expertise of an oral surgeon.
If you have severe bone loss or have experienced tooth loss as a result of dental trauma the expertise of an oral surgeon maybe what you need need in order to have successful dental implants placed. If you are in need of dental implants and feel like your case is best performed by a skilled oral surgeon don’t hesitate to call our Melbourne, Florida office today for a consultation.