Am I A Candidate For Dental Implants?
Dental implants are possibly one of the best ways to restore missing teeth. They are extremely convenient, comfortable, and replicate the look and feel of your natural teeth flawlessly. Dental implant surgeries have high success rates, but to ensure that the surgery and recovery process goes smoothly, there are several guidelines patients need to meet in order to be considered for the surgery. If you or a loved one is considering dental implant surgery, reach out to our experts here at Fairmount Dental Center for a consultation and a detailed treatment plan to help you regain your smile and relieve you of any discomfort that a missing tooth could have previously caused.
What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are strong foundations inserted into your jawbone in place of the missing teeth. An artificial crown is then attached to the implant after the jawbone has healed and grown around the implant. Implants have become extremely popular due to their resilience and resemblance to actual, natural teeth.
Tooth loss may lead to the shifting of the rest of the teeth, loosening of the gums, periodontal diseases, and bone deterioration. It may also alter the structure of your jawbone, thereby changing the shape of your face and causing it to droop, or lead to your mouth sinking inwards. By filling up the gap left by the lost tooth from within, these problems are easily corrected and further complications, pains, and diseases that a lost tooth may cause can also be avoided.
Who Is A Candidate For Dental Implants?
A healthy jawbone and satisfactory overall oral health are the primary requirements for a successful implant. If you have diseased teeth, they have to be removed and the jawbone and gums will have to be allowed to heal appropriately before the implant is inserted. In case the patient has had missing teeth for a while and the jawbone has deteriorated as a result, it will first have to be repaired through a procedure called grafting, which involves using an artificial material to reconstruct the jawbone.
Patients are advised to avoid smoking and taking certain medications a few months before the procedure, and get conditions such as bruxism (teeth clenching) treated beforehand as it hinders the procedure. Patients with terminal illnesses or diseases which prevent blood from clotting (such as diabetes or other cardiac illnesses) are discouraged from getting implants. Success rates of implant surgeries vary, but most surgeries are known to have a 98% success rate deeming this one of the safest oral surgeries to be performed. Therefore, even if you do suffer from these issues, it is most likely that our professionals will be able to perform the surgery for you successfully.
Before our professionals get started with the procedure, they first need to analyze your medical history and have a detailed oral checkup to determine the ideal treatment plan for you. You might require fewer or additional stages in your treatment depending upon the condition of your teeth, gums, and jawbone. Give our professionals at Fairmount Dental Center a call at (503) 967-0877 to book an appointment today.