Who is a Good Candidate for Dental Implants?
Implants have been used for years as a way to replace missing dentition. If you don’t want to wear a partial denture or damage your natural teeth just to place another restoration, implants may be the best solution for you. Implants are easy to place and can heal quickly. They act as the foundation for other types of dental restorations, like fixed bridges and dental crowns.
What is a Dental Implant?
A dental implant replaces the upper and lower portion of a missing tooth. The implant’s post fuses with the jawbone after surgery is completed. This process takes a couple of months and provides you with a restoration that will last a lifetime. You won’t need to worry that the implant needs to be repaired or fully replaced because of how durable they can be. Your implant will ensure that you always have a full and beautiful smile for the rest of your life.
Who is a Good Candidate for Surgery to Place an Implant?
Most patients who require or want their own dental implant can have the surgery completed successfully. Before surgery, we take x-rays to study the health of the jawbone. Your jawbone needs to be healthy and free of bone loss. If you are experiencing bone loss in the jaw area, a bone graft surgery might be necessary. This surgery involves placing bone matter to the area where it is currently missing. The procedure ensures a more successful implant and prevents the implant from becoming loose or damaged.
Implant technology is ideal for most patients who want to restore and refill their smile. The procedure takes just about an hour in the office, providing you with a brand new titanium implant that you’ll have for life. You can have multiple implants placed at the same time. In fact, some of our patients use multiple implants to keep either a fixed bridge or an overdenture in place. By using implants to secure your denture, you’re able to avoid strips and other adhesive pastes that keep the denture in without it slipping or falling out. We can have a consultation with you to help in determining if implant technology is right for you.
If you’d like to know more about implants and how they can improve the look of your smile, contact our office today and one of our friendly team members can further assist you.