Dr. Michael Glasmeier provides dental implants in Antioch, TN, to patients with special needs. When a tooth is lost, dental implants can replace the lost tooth roots and provide an anchor for crowns, bridges, and dentures. Dental implants provide a wealth of important benefits that Dr. Glasmeier is proud to make accessible to special needs patients suffering from a compromised smile. During a consultation, he can determine if your loved one is a candidate for dental implants, and tailor the right treatment approach to meet his or her specific needs.
What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are small posts that are surgically inserted into the jawbone to replace missing tooth roots. Once in place, the implants permanently integrate with the jaw tissue. After the implant has been restored with a crown, bridge, or denture, the patient can chew and speak without worrying that their restoration will slip out of place. Meanwhile, the presence of the implant in the jaw will halt the bone atrophy (shrinkage) that follows the loss of a tooth. Dental implants are the only restorative option that can provide this benefit, making them an excellent investment. Full mouth reconstruction patients often choose implants for this reason.
Meanwhile, restorations such as implant-supported dentures can be a great benefit to special needs patients because daily care is no more complicated than simply brushing twice and flossing at least once per day.
Why Choose Dr. Glasmeier?
Dr. Glasmeier has advanced training in the placement of dental implants and years of experience administering sedation for optimal patient comfort. For cases that require general anesthesia, Dr. Glasmeier can perform the procedure at a local outpatient surgical center.
Dr. Glasmeier is a father of two sons with autism, and he understands the compassion and specific considerations necessary to administer advanced dental treatment to patients with special needs. Before consulting with your loved one, he can work with you and any other caregivers to determine precisely the right approach and accommodations that will make treatment a comfortable and beneficial experience.
Is Your Loved One a Candidate?
For an implant to be successful, the patient must have sufficient bone tissue and a strong immune system. Candidates should also be free of any gum disease or decay in remaining teeth. Dr. Glasmeier can conduct an in-depth assessment of your loved one's jaws, gums, and teeth to determine if dental implants are the right solution for their needs. He can also address any health issues that affect his or her candidacy with treatments such as periodontal therapy and cavity treatment.
If your loved one is suffering from an incomplete smile, trust his or her care to a dentist with the training, compassion, and expertise necessary to provide the right treatment.
Bone Grafting and Sinus Lift
If your loved one has experienced any bone recession, Dr. Glasmeier can provide bone grafting and sinus lift procedures to restore his or her candidacy for implants. A bone graft replaces lost tissue, restoring a viable base for an implant. A sinus lift is a special variation on this procedure used to augment the upper jaw while lifting the sinus membrane, making it possible to safely place an implant without disturbing the soft tissues.
Both bone grafting and sinus lift procedures can add three to six months to the overall dental implants treatment timeline. However, once the dental implants are in place, proper care can ensure that your loved one experiences a lifetime of excellent oral health.
Dental implants are the single best solution for replacing missing teeth. If your loved one is suffering from an incomplete smile, trust his or her care to a dentist with the training, compassion, and expertise necessary to provide the right treatment. To learn more about how Dr. Glasmeier can help your loved one rebuild his or her smile with dental implants, please contact us today.