Who is a Good Candidate for Dental Implants?
If you’ve been considering dental implants, you’re not alone. More and more patients are realizing just how beneficial implants are to the health of their teeth and smile. If you’re missing a tooth, need to have a bridge placed or have an ill-fitting denture, implants are ideal for you. They rely on a process that’s known as osseointegration, which means that the post of the implant will bond with your actual bone in a few short months. They can last for three or more decades with proper care and maintenance.
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Who’s a Good Candidate for Dental Implants?
In order for implants to heal successfully and become a stable anchor for crowns, bridges and dentures, you need to have a healthy underlying bone structure. If you have bone loss issues, we may suggest that you have a bone graft done prior to the implants being placed. Likewise, you should be healthy enough to undergo oral surgery and have the ability to heal properly and fully once the procedure’s done.
We will perform an exam and go over your health and medical history to determine if you would benefit from implants. Keep in mind that the majority of patients who want implants can safely come in and have the surgery done. The implants themselves will fuse with the underlying bone in about six months.
What to Expect with Dental Implants
The procedure involves creating a small incision through the gums and then placing the actual post of the implant deep into the bone. You’ll go home and have an implant that is fully stable and healed in about six months. After this time, we’ll make a crown, bridge or a special denture just for the area that has the implants. In order to maintain your implants, it’s important that you come in for regular twice-yearly appointments. We can check the health of the implant and see how well it’s doing in comparison to the rest of your smile. With proper care, you can expect implants to last for many decades. You’ll finally have the full and bright smile that you’ve always wanted thanks to the technology that has been used to create implants and provide them as an option for patients.
If you would like to come into our office for dental implants, call us today and we can schedule a convenient appointment for you to come in.