Are you missing any teeth? You’re not alone. By age 50, the average American has lost around 12 teeth. Good thing there are options to make your smile whole again. A popular option that has quickly been recognized as one of the most permanent solutions for missing teeth are dental implants. This restoration is the most stable, permanent, and natural looking replacement to complete your grin. Keep reading to learn if you’re a good candidate for dental implants from an implant specialist.
What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are metal posts that get positioned in the jaw beneath your gums to act as an artificial root for your tooth replacement. Once the (usually titanium) post is bonded to your jawbone, the implant will become a sturdy base for your restoration.
A connector called an abutment is placed on top of the implant to hold and support your artificial teeth. Your dentist will custom-make your restoration to match your natural teeth and fit in your mouth with ease.
Dental implants are one of the longest lasting replacement methods out there. The implant itself can last for a whole lifetime, and your restoration will need to be replaced after around 15 to 20 years depending on how well you’ve been caring for them.
Am I A Good Candidate for Dental Implants?
Dental implants are one of the most popular tooth replacement options. Here’s some factors to consider for whether you’ll be a good candidate for receiving implants:
- You must have healthy gums.
- Good candidates will have enough bone to anchor the implants in the jaw. If you have lost bone you can still receive implants, but your bone will have to be rebuilt first to accommodate them.
- Do you have commitment? Dental implants require daily brushing, flossing, and regular dental visits to keep your implants healthy.
To be sure that you’re a good candidate for dental implants, talk to your local dentist.
What Makes a Bad Candidate for Dental Implants?
Some people may not be so good for this treatment. Here’s what a bad implant candidate looks like:
- Pregnant women
- Young people with growing jawbones
- Heavy smokers
- Alcohol or substance abusers who will not stop drinking and smoking after treatment
- People who severely grind or clinch their teeth
- People with chronic diseases like uncontrolled diabetes or connective-tissue disease
If any of the above descriptions sound like you, talk to your dentist to find out your replacement options.
Do implants sound like the right treatment to make your smile whole again? Your first step is talking to your dentist and setting up a time for them to evaluate your mouth to see if you’re a good candidate for implants.
Meet the Dentist
Dr. Terry Rigdon treats patients all over Northeastern Oklahoma and nationwide. He has a high level of experience in cosmetic dentistry, dental implants, and denture services. He has been practicing dentistry since 1978 and he is assisted by a highly trained staff to provide the best care possible. He currently runs his own practice, where he can be contacted through his website or by phone at (918) 494-8666.