Are Dental Implants Right For Me?


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Dental implants can be placed in almost anyone who has missing teeth.  It can be embarrassing to have missing teeth, but also more difficult to talk or eat. The only options for changing a person’s smile used to be dentures or bridges, but these can lead to complications and are not easy to maintain.


Why Dental Implants?

Dental implants are comfortable and look like natural teeth.  Not only do they prevent bone loss, but they actually support bone tissue.  They are versatile in that they can be used for one or more missing teeth.  

Dental implants occasionally have a higher upfront cost than other treatment options, such as dentures or bridges.  This might deter people from considering them, but they are not looking at the long-term success of implants. Dentures and bridges usually require maintenance or replacement over time.  This means more out of pocket expenses to maintain the work that was done previously.  Because dental implants are stable, natural and can last the rest of a person’s life, they do not usually require additional procedures or replacements.  Even though the cost is more upfront, you end up saving money over your lifetime.  Not to mention not having to deal with the hassle of fixing or replacing them on more than one occasion.


Are Dental Implants Right for Me?

Patients who have any of the following pre-existing conditions or risks should discuss their options with Dr. Toms. 

Any existing dental work can affect the success of dental implants. Dr. Toms will examine you carefully to determine if you are a good candidate for treatment.

Bone loss is another issue that must be considered. If there is too much bone loss caused by missing teeth then bone grafting must occur before the implant is placed.  This is crucial to the success of the implant.  

You should also make sure to talk to your doctor about any pre-existing medical conditions you might have. Generally, if you are healthy enough for traditional dental work then you are a candidate for dental implants.

Gum disease can affect the success of a dental implant.  If you have gum disease then you may need treatment prior to implant placement.  

Smoking is a habit that can affect your implant and its success.  Since smoking can affect your overall dental health, you should discuss whether you smoke and if it will affect your candidacy for implants.



Schedule an appointment today to determine if dental implants are the solution to your tooth replacement needs!

 

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