Dental implants have rapidly become the treatment of choice for patients with one or more
missing teeth. These durable structures offer incredible aesthetic benefits
because they look exactly like natural teeth. They’re also effective
at improving and maintaining good oral hygiene because they function like
natural teeth and they support the health of the underlying jawbone structure.
However, not every patient with missing teeth is a good candidate for
dental implants. To find out if this state-of-the-art treatment is right
for you, you can talk to an oral surgeon.
You have sufficient jawbone mass.
To place a dental implant, the surgeon creates a small hole in the jawbone.
During the subsequent months, the bone fuses to the implant in a process
known as osseointegration. This creates a very
strong anchor for the dental crown, which is the part of the implant that looks like a tooth. In order for
an implant procedure to be successful, the patient must have enough bone
mass underneath the gap in the patient’s smile. Your dentist can
evaluate X-rays to determine if you have sufficient bone mass.
You are in good overall health.
The dental implant procedure is a type of surgery and, as with any type
of surgery, it’s essential that the patient be in good overall health.
Tell your dentist about any underlying medical conditions you might have,
such as diabetes or heart disease. Your dentist will also need to know
if you smoke. Smoking is a major cause of dental implant failure because
it interferes with the healing process.
You are committed to maintaining good oral hygiene.
Another possible cause of dental implant failure is poor at-home oral hygiene.
The dental implant itself cannot develop cavities because it isn’t
a natural tooth. However, the gum tissue that surrounds the implant is
still susceptible to gum disease. Before and after the surgery, it’s
crucial to brush and floss thoroughly every day.
If you’re interested in getting dental implants and you live near
Bloomingdale, IL, you can talk to the experts at Eagle Falls Dentistry
on Stratford Drive or Associated Dental Care on Bloomingdale Road. Both
dental offices are in the MyDentist family and provide a range of general
dentistry and oral surgery services. New and current dental patients can
reach our friendly office staff at (630) 894-5992.