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Getting Dental Implants

Posted on 5/8/2023 by Dr. Shaun Rai
 Getting Dental ImplantsIf you have suffered from tooth loss, you need to know that you aren't alone. Many people lose teeth during their lifetimes. While losing one tooth may not impact your lifestyle much, it depends greatly on where the tooth is located. Molars, located at the rear of your mouth, are less visible than your incisors or even your front teeth. Whether you have lost only one tooth or you have lost every tooth you had, there is an answer to your tooth trouble- dental implants.

What Are Dental Implants?

Dental implants have been around for nearly 4000 years in one combination or another. However, the modern dental implant was invented in 1965. Modern dental implants consist of a titanium or zirconium post or screw. This screw attaches to your jawbone through your gumline and makes your dental implant very sturdy. After the area heals, a prosthetic tooth- usually made from metal and porcelain- is placed over the screw, giving you the appearance of the tooth and tooth root. Dental implants represent the closest thing to your actual teeth as possible.

Do I Qualify for Dental Implants?

How do you know if you may be a good candidate for dental implants? First, dental implants cannot generally be used in people who smoke or use chewing tobacco. That's because one of the features of nicotine is that it constricts blood vessels, which can impair healing. If you use nicotine through smoking, vaping, or chewing, you need to think about quitting before you begin the implantation procedure.

Also, to receive dental implants, you need to have healthy gums. If you have advanced periodontal disease, you need to talk to a dentist first. Dentists can make sure your periodontitis is being treated successfully. If your gums are very infected and receding, you may not be a good candidate for dental implants.

Another consideration for dental implants is bone density in your jawbone. Your jawbone must be strong enough to receive implants. If your jawbone appears weak, you may need bone grafts before you can receive an implant. If you have questions about dental implants, this is the perfect opportunity to talk to a dentist about whether you qualify for implants.

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