How do I know if I’m a suitable candidate for dental implants?
Tooth loss occurs due to trauma, decay, or disease … or some patients never experienced the normal teeth eruption expected. In any case, missing teeth can mean problems with speaking; a limited diet; and concerns about opening your mouth in public. One of the best corrections for missing teeth is with dental implants … however, a visit with your dentist is required to determine if you are a good candidate for this dental procedure.
A consultation will include a review of your overall health; a thorough oral exam will be performed complete with dental x-rays to determine bone strength in the jaw where the implant is to be placed; and a discussion is held about what you can anticipate along with your responsibilities for the upcoming months between placing the implant and receiving your final restoration.
Overall health – Unless a patient is suffering from a serious chronic illness, they are generally considered healthy enough for the implant procedure.
Oral exam – One of the drawbacks patients face is lack of bone for a successful implant procedure. If needed, bone augmentation is available. The transplanted bone grows providing a sufficient base for the implant. Dental x-rays are used to define this aspect of treatment.
Patient responsibilities – There are two primary reasons dental implants fail … infection and tobacco use. The patient is advised to keep the implant area clean throughout the healing process. Any and all tobacco use is forbidden.
Once the patient has been deemed a suitable candidate for the implant procedure, the small titanium post is surgically placed in the jaw where a tooth is missing. This can occur immediately following tooth extraction or at a later time.
While the implant area is healing, bone is integrating with the implant forming a strong support system designed to sustain the dental implant restoration. The final restoration is created to be a perfect match to neighboring dentition in size, contour, and shade making it virtually impossible to detect.
The advantages enjoyed by the patient at treatment conclusion include the ability to eat all the foods they love without restriction; the ability to speak clearly; and the joy of smiling and laughing with the self-confidence enjoyed prior to tooth loss.
To learn more about your tooth replacement options, contact Erickson Dental at 972-717-0077 and schedule your informative consultation today.