Who is a Candidate for Dental Implants?
Elmwood Park, IL
No one wants to be missing teeth. Here at Taglia Advanced Dentistry, we have options that we would like to discuss with you if you are missing one or more teeth. One of those options is dental implants. This is a way that we can replace a single tooth, a group of teeth, or even all of your teeth.
Dental implants are permanent, and they are strong. They will look like natural teeth, and you will treat them like natural teeth. How do you know if dental implants are right for you? Here are a few things that will help you to decide whether or not you are a good candidate for dental implants.
Who Is a Good Candidate for Dental Implants?
While dental implants are great for most people who are missing a tooth, they are not for everyone. Here is how to tell whether or not you might be a good candidate for dental implants. One of the most important things that you need to have dental implants is enough bone in your jaw. If the bone is strong and healthy, there is a good chance that you will be a good candidate for a dental implant.
If you do not have enough bone, all is not lost. In many cases, we can do a bone graft, which will give you the extra bone that you need. Remember that if we need to do a bone graft that it will add time to the overall process.
Speaking of time, that is another thing that you will need if you are a good candidate for dental implants. It will take several weeks, including healing time. The screws that are used to replace your root need time to fuse with the bone. We will give you a temporary tooth for a while you are healing. Your overall oral health needs to be good. If you have gum disease, then implants might not be for you.
You also need to be willing to commit to keeping your mouth healthy after you receive the implant. We will want to know about your overall health as well. If you are a heart patient, you need to let us know. You will also want to talk to your cardiologist before we move forward.
If you are a smoker, you are probably not a good candidate for dental implants. The process of fusing the bone and the screw is known as osseointegration, and smoking can hurt the process. Smoking is not good for your oral health anyway, so if you smoke, you need to stop to keep your mouth healthy.
Most people are good candidates for dental implants. If you would like to see if you are, here at Taglia Advanced Dentistry we want to see you and talk to you about all of your options. Make an appointment by calling (312) 757-6434. Dental implants had given countless people the ability to eat, talk, and smile the way that they did when they were younger. They might also be right for you.