Implants From Dr. Cornwell
Replicating the natural look and function of a lost tooth (or teeth) can be a difficult task, and, while no dental restoration can literally replace a God-given tooth, a dental implant is the closest man-made solution from modern dental technology. Dental implants are a revolutionary and adaptable part of modern dental treatment plans. They can be used to take the place of a single tooth, a few teeth or all of your teeth – top and/or bottom. They can be utilized to anchor porcelain crowns, porcelain bridges or non-slip dentures.
Who Can Benefit From Implants?
Teens (And Sometimes Young Adults) Who Are Missing Their Eye Teeth (Canines)
Frequently, Chestnut Green Dental sees a young person who has wide gaps on each side of their smile where their eye teeth are supposed to be. To us, it’s a dental condition, but to our patient who is probably just going into high school or possibly attending a university, it’s first and foremost an appearance challenge.
In the past, orthodontists used braces to push the teeth together which really messed up the youngster’s occlusion (bite) for the rest of their lives. Now, Dr. Cornwell can open up the spaces even further and then place dental implants so that young person’s smile not only looks completely normal, the teeth mesh comfortably and the occlusion (bite) is balanced.
Of course, generally, Dr. Cornwell doesn’t place implants in a teenager’s mouth until their teeth have completely matured.
Athletes Both Young And Old
Occasionally, a young person experiences an accident or injury while playing a sport and finds that they have lost a tooth. Of course, the dentist will tell you to search for the tooth, have the athlete hold the tooth in their mouth if it cannot be replaced in the socket, and quickly head for the dentist’s office. Because the game may seem more important, the recommended procedure is sometimes not followed.
Thank goodness, instead of putting in a bridge, which requires grinding down the teeth on each side of the missing tooth, Dr. Cornwell can install a dental implant.
People With Loose Dentures Or Partials
Patients who are edentulous (all of their teeth are missing) and who have dentures and have difficulty chewing, can be almost desperate for a solution. These patients cannot eat many of their favorite foods anymore.
But then, by using just a few implants in their jaws that anchor their dentures in place, they feel like they have all their natural teeth once more. Dental implants are very stable, esthetically natural and are extremely durable. Patients who get dental implants find it easy to smile, laugh and eat and have no anxiety that their dentures may move around or make noticeable noises or that their bridge will trap food.
Who Qualifies To Get Dental Implants?
The ideal candidate for a dental implant is in good general and oral health. You cannot have gum disease or any other compromising infection or condition in your mouth. You’ll need strong bones to securely anchor the dental implants. To find out if you do, Dr. Cornwell will gauge the density and quantity of the bone. It should be noted that, in certain cases where bone loss has occurred due to periodontal disease, dental implants might not be appropriate immediately. If you do not have sufficient bone in your jaw, this can be addressed with a graft of bone or by placement of artificial bone to bring bone levels up to standard.
There are specific red flags that could stop you from being a good candidate for dental implants, while other factors may only stall your dental implants until those issues are successfully addressed. Some of these may include:
• Uncontrolled diabetes
• Currently receiving chemotherapy
• Radiation therapy
• Parathyroid disorders
• Certain blood disorders
• Rare bone disorders
• Cancer of the bone marrow
• Sinus cavities that descend into the upper jaw
• Uncontrolled osteoporosis
To see if you are a good candidate to get a tooth implant, you ought to speak with Dr. Cornwell. Make certain that you speak to Dr. Cornwell about his considerable training in implant dentistry. Similar to other kinds of oral surgery, dental implant placement requires a certain amount of experience and training which quite a few dental practitioners simply don’t have. Dr. Cornwell has been placing dental implants in Danvers for over ten years.