Dental implants provide a long-lasting and natural-looking solution for replacing missing teeth. However, every patient has a different facial structure, dental needs and aesthetic needs. Creating the right fit for each individual patient requires careful planning and design.
Here’s what Dr. Mike and the Cleveland Implant Institute care team consider before the implant process begins.
Bone quality and density
Your jawbone’s density and quality significantly affect dental implant success. Adequate bone support is crucial for the stability and longevity of dental implants. Dr. Mike will conduct thorough assessments to determine if you have enough bone to support the implant. This often includes X-rays.
In cases of insufficient bone density, bone grafting may be recommended to enhance the implant’s stability. When a patient has suffered severe jawbone loss, it’s possible to anchor the implants in other facial bones.
Location and number of implants
The placement and number of implants are tailored to each patient’s unique needs. Dr. Mike will consider the location of missing teeth and the condition of the surrounding teeth. Single-tooth implants are common, but for multiple missing teeth or full-arch restorations, the number and placement of implants will vary. Precise planning ensures that the implants are evenly distributed for optimal support.
Implant material and size
Dental implants are typically made from biocompatible materials like titanium or zirconia. The choice of implant material depends on factors like your overall health and any potential allergies. Furthermore, the size and shape of the implant must match the natural tooth’s dimensions to ensure a pleasant appearance and good functionality.
Next, your care team will consider the type of dental restoration needed. Options include individual crowns, bridges or even implant-supported dentures. The choice depends on the extent of tooth loss and your specific dental needs.
Gum and tissue considerations
The appearance of your gums and surrounding soft tissues is essential for a natural-looking smile. Implants need to be positioned correctly beneath the gumline to ensure that the restoration sits flush with the surrounding teeth. This careful placement and attention to appearance contribute to a natural-looking result.
The appearance of your dental implants is also important—there’s no “one size fits all” implant. The color, shape and size of the implants are carefully chosen to match your existing teeth. Depending on whether you’re dealing with jawbone loss or related issues, Dr. Mike will also consider how the implants will affect your facial structure.
Bite and function
Finally, Dr. Mike will account for the functionality of your dental implants. During the consultation and design phase, your care team will determine proper bite alignment. This ensures that the implant-supported restoration allows for comfortable and effective chewing and speaking.
Find out whether dental implants are right for you
Designing successful dental implant treatments is a multifaceted process. If you’re considering dental implants to replace missing teeth, schedule a consultation with the Cleveland Implant Institute today. We will work closely with you to create a personalized treatment plan that addresses your unique needs—and ultimately restores your smile.