Having changed the face of dentistry over the last few decades, dental implants are an increasingly popular choice for replacing missing teeth. Providing ultimate stabilization to surrounding teeth and gums in the form of an artificial tooth root, dental implants are the next best thing to natural, healthy teeth.
While many associate dental Implants with older patients or those wearing dentures (implant-supported dentures), the versatility of implants makes them a trusted option even for adolescents, in the event that the jaw has stopped growing after puberty. In addition, they are a proven solution for replacing teeth due to injury, disease, or decay. While functionality is restored, dental implants provide a cosmetic benefit by supporting the contour of the face and smile. This generates a youthful appearance.
Am I A Good Candidate For Dental Implants?
For the most part, dental implants require patients to have healthy gums and enough bone to support the implant. Typically, the dentist begins the evaluation by ordering an x-ray of the patient’s mouth, including a CT scan, in some instances. This allows the dentist to assess the density of the jawbone. This is key, because the implant must be able to withstand the heavy forces of chewing, and that is greatly determined by bone strength. However, patients should understand that there are options to help prepare the mouth for dental implants, in the event that there is not enough healthy bone.
Another consideration when determining a patient’s candidacy for dental implants is a their overall health and lifestyle. For instance, if the patient is a smoker or has a history of substance abuse, they are not usually considered a good candidate for implants. Other medical conditions such as diabetes, cancer, radiation, periodontal disease (advanced), or autoimmune disorders may affect the success rate of dental implants, making the patient less suitable for an implant procedure. Even so, it’s important to consult a skilled dentist in implant dentistry to determine the best option for you.
Seneca Family Dentistry welcomes your family to our practice, where we place a high value on patient-care. With a remarkable ability to address the health and aesthetics of your smile, you can be sure that we’re equipped to serve you with a complete menu of services from preventative care to restorative and cosmetic treatments. Call us today.
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