I’ve had a dental bridge for a while and I am seeing bone loss in the area. Is it still possible for me to get dental implants to replace the bridge? How do you find an implant specialist?
I’m glad you are striving to get dental implants. These are the best of the tooth replacement options available. They will feel like having healthy, natural teeth in your mouth again. You mentioned you needed dental implants—plural.To me, that says you either have more than one bridge or a bridge that is made up of more than the typical one false tooth.
The more teeth you’ve lost, the more important it is to get dental implants instead of other options. Bone loss in your jawbone is serious. For some, with full dentures, it can lead to complete facial collapse.
When you have already lost bone, as you have. you can still get dental implants but it will require an additional procedure. Bone grafting can replace that missing structure. A good implant dentist can tell you through diagnostic tests, which need to include a CT scan, whether or not you are a good candidate.
Dental Implant Specialists
When you are looking for someone to do dental implants, it is important you get an experienced dentist. Unfortunately, there isn’t a recognized specialty in dental implants. At the same time, dental school isn’t enough. You need a dentist with significant post-doctoral training.
For instance, Dr. Murphree did his training at the Dawson Centers for Advanced Dental Study. You want a dentist with similar training to that.
Cosmetic Considerations with Dental Implants
Your implants can be made to match your teeth perfectly if you have a skilled cosmetic dentist. You may want to consider using teeth whitening before having the implant crowns made. The color the crowns are made will be permanent so you’ll want to ensure your teeth are the color you want.
Additionally, you want to make sure your dentist has the artistry to do a great job. I suggest after you make a list of dentists with advanced implant training you look on mynewsmile.com to see if any of them are listed there. This site only lists dentists who have artistic and technical skills in cosmetic work.
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