If you have suffered with tooth loss, you might be overwhelmed by what to do next. Tooth loss is a distressing situation but it is important to replace your lost tooth as quickly as possible so that oral function isn’t disrupted and so that your oral health doesn’t suffer. If you have lost one or more teeth, you might want to look into the benefits of dental implants. These durable prosthetics are considered the best alternative to natural teeth for many reasons. Since understanding your tooth replacement options can be overwhelming, we have compiled some helpful tips on where to get started.
Research Your Tooth Replacement Options
While dental implants are regarded as the most durable and lifelike alternative to biological teeth, there are other options. You might want to research all your options including bridges and dentures so you have a general understanding of the benefits and limitations of other prosthetics. Since dental implants are unique, it is helpful for many patients to learn more about them. Dental implants replace the roots of teeth and once they are stabilized by the bone, they can support restorations like dental crowns, bridges, and dentures (when multiple implants are used).
Look for an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon in Your Area
An oral and maxillofacial surgeon (OMS) has expertise and experience to perform a number of oral surgeries including the placement of dental implants. We recommend doing an Internet search for an OMS in your area or asking your physician or dentist for a referral.
Schedule a Dental Implants Consultation
Once you have found an oral surgeon, schedule an appointment for a dental implants consultation. Your appointment gives you a chance to get to know your surgeon and ask questions. An OMS will need to perform an examination with diagnostic imaging to determine if you are a candidate for this procedure and if any preliminary treatments such as tooth extractions or grafting procedures are necessary to increase the likelihood of a successful implantation process.
Call us today at the office of Dr. Chris Tye to schedule an appointment.