Are You a Candidate for Dental Implants?
What are Dental Implants?
No one likes having missing teeth. They can make one feel insecure and lower your confidence as well as your quality of life. Tooth loss can also cause changes in speech, chewing mechanics, and even facial composure.
One of the best remedies in dentistry for missing teeth is dental implants. A dental implant is a prosthetic made of a titanium base surgically embedded into the jawbone, then covered with a crown that resembles and functions like a natural tooth.
While dental implants work incredibly well for many of our patients, you must meet certain criteria to prove you are a good candidate for implants.
What Can I Expect During My Consultation?
The most effective way for us to determine if you are a good candidate is to come into our office for a consultation. When you come in, Shaun B. Rai DMD will ask you what you’d like to change about your smile and why you think dental implants are the right choice for you. We’ll work together to decide on whether you are a good candidate for implants.
Those who are considering implants must have good oral health and good health in general, so we will take a look at your teeth, gums, and jawbone. The following are general issues we will discuss with you to determine whether you a good candidate.
One of the things we’ll do during your consultation is examining your jawbone. This is to ensure that your jawbone is strong and healthy enough to bond with and support the implant. We usually take 3D images of our patients’ jaws to obtain a complete image before moving forward in the procedure.
If you have an untreated ailment such as anemia or diabetes, that is something that we need to know about. Additionally, your overall health can hinder the process of healing after the surgery. Your medications can also present a problem if they impede the anesthesia or the healing after the surgery. Smoking is particularly harmful during the recovery period after the surgery, so we highly recommend that candidates quit or abstain from cigarette use.
Are there any Age Restrictions for Dental Implants?
Some people are concerned that they are too old to have dental implants. However, you can enjoy the benefits of this treatment whether you’re in your 30s or your 80s as long as other requirements are met. We should note, however, that patients younger than their late teens or early 20s are often too young for treatment. This is because your jaw continues growing until around that time. A patient who has missing teeth before their jaw has stopped growing will need another form of treatment.
Schedule Your Consultation
As said above, the only way to determine your options is to come into our office for a consultation. Meeting with our patients is the best part of our job, and we wouldn’t have it any other way. Give us a call today at (757) 777-9883.