When you lose a tooth, or several teeth, due to accident, decay, or gum disease, you have a few options for replacement, including dental implants, dental bridges and full or partial dentures. One of the best choices for repairing missing or damaged teeth is a dental implant. Dental implants are the most natural-looking permanent solution for missing teeth. They not only look but also feel and act like your natural teeth! So, how do you know if a dental implant is right for you? Let our team at Jones Bridge Dental Care help you decide.
What is a dental implant?
There are many reasons you might get a dental implant, but understanding what dental implants are is critical to deciding if they are right for you. Essentially, dental implants take the place of a lost tooth root to provide optimal support for a new, artificial tooth. They are placed in your jaw so that they can fuse with your existing bone. When the fusing is complete, the titanium implant is a permanent fixture of your mouth. It takes a little bit of time, but once the implant has fully fused with your jawbone, a permanent crown is placed on top of the implant. Because of the way they are constructed, dental implants are the most natural looking and comfortable option available in restorative dentistry. In fact, they can be as good as or better than your original teeth.
Are you a good candidate for dental implants?
Now that we’ve covered what a dental implant is, how do you know if they’re right for you? Interestingly enough, health is a more important factor than age when deciding if a patient is a good candidate for implants. The procedure requires healing in order to be successful, which means that smokers, tobacco chewers, patients with weakened immune systems, and patients with diabetes are less than ideal candidates. Additionally, patients with bruxism (those who grind their teeth while sleeping) generally shouldn’t get dental implants.
The best candidates have a healthy jawbone capable of supporting the implant and a healthy immune system that can heal from surgery in a reasonable amount of time. Your dentist will also take into account factors like the condition of the adjacent teeth and your mouth as a whole, the current state and history of your oral hygiene, and the occlusion of your teeth (how well they fit together). If you have healthy surrounding teeth and a healthy body system, your dentist will probably recommend an implant over a bridge, because the healthy teeth can remain in place instead of being sacrificed for the sake of placing a bridge.
The best way to determine if you are a dental implant candidate is to have a personal consultation with Dr. Eliezer. If you are interested in receiving dental implants in Alpharetta, Georgia, contact us today to schedule a complimentary implant consultation.