Video: Dental Implants
The Van Zyl Center for Advanced Dentistry offers dental implants to patients with missing or severely damaged teeth. Dr. Van Zyl considers dental implants to be the "Cadillac" of dentistry, as they are the best tooth replacement solution available. Not everyone is a good candidate for dental implants, but a consultation with Dr. Van Zyl at his Collierville practice will help patients determine the best tooth replacement method for their needs.
Tooth loss is a problem that goes well beyond just aesthetics. Individuals with missing teeth often experience difficulty eating and speaking, in addition to being hesitant to smile in certain social situations. Tooth loss is most often caused by poor oral hygiene and from decay that is left untreated. While Dr. Ettienne van Zyl takes all necessary measures to preserve the natural teeth as best he can, tooth loss is inevitable in some cases. Fortunately, Dr. van Zyl offers dental implants for his Memphis area patients to replace missing teeth.
Implants help restore the strength, functionality, and beauty of the smile, and allow patients to carry on as if they still have all of their healthy, natural teeth. For this reason, our patients feel that the cost of dental implants is an absolutely worthwhile investment. Additionally, implants help prevent a whole host of oral health issues from manifesting. To learn more about dental implants, contact our Collierville dental practice serving Memphis today.
Dental Implant Placement Procedure
An implant is a titanium post that functions as the tooth root, which exists within the jaw, below the gums, and holds the tooth in place. Before beginning any treatment, Dr. van Zyl will meet with you for a consultation to determine whether dental implants are the right course of treatment for you. He will take X-rays, create impressions, and examine your teeth and gums to make sure the jawbone and gum tissue are sufficient.
During your consultation, Dr. van Zyl will establish where the implant will be placed, as well as the type of implant and restoration to use.
The surgical procedure of placing the artificial root and tooth is performed over the course of several months. You will undergo one procedure to receive your dental implant posts. Dr. van Zyl will provide aftercare instructions to follow during the recovery period, which typically lasts up to six months. During this time the implant fuses with the jawbone, becoming a permanent fixture in the mouth.
At the next appointment, the natural-looking restoration is secured to the abutment. The result is a complete, beautiful, fully functioning smile.
Candidates for Dental Implants
The best way to learn whether you are a candidate for dental implants is to meet with Dr. van Zyl for a consultation. Ideal candidates include individuals who:
- Have one or more missing teeth caused by decay, disease, trauma, or genetics
- Have treated periodontal disease if previously present
- Have sufficient bone density and gum tissue
- Are committed to maintain good oral health habits after surgery
- Are non-smokers or can quit smoking prior to surgery
- Are in relatively good health
- Are well-informed about the procedure, including risks
Benefits of Dental Implants
The benefits of dental implants include:
- Improve appearance
- Preserve facial structure
- Boost self-confidence
- Enhance quality of life
- Prevent shifting of natural surrounding teeth
- Prevent damage to surrounding teeth and nerves
- Prevent gum disease and bone loss
- Easily chew nutritious foods and foods you love
- Speak more clearly and easily
- Achieve natural-looking results
- Easily maintain good oral hygiene habits
- Permanent solution to missing teeth
- Can be used to support dental bridges
Risks or Side Effects of Dental Implants
As with all surgeries, some risk is associated with the dental implant placement procedure, such as infection. With a highly qualified oral surgeon such as Dr. van Zyl, the chances of complications occurring are extremely low. Dr. van Zyl will inform you of any potential risks, and the best way to care for implants to avoid any such issues.
Immediately after the surgery, patients typically experience some swelling, bruising, or discomfort. Symptoms should subside after several days and can be alleviated with pain medication.
Learn More about Dental Implants
If you have one or more missing teeth, do not wait any longer to seek treatment. Dental implants are an excellent solution to restore the health and beauty of your smile. Good oral health is an important factor in maintaining a good quality of life. To learn more about dental implants, contact our Memphis area practice today.