Are You a Good Candidate for Implants?

If you are missing one or more teeth, you may feel self-conscious in social situations. Missing teeth can allow your other teeth to move in your mouth and begin to strike one another at improper angles. That can damage your teeth and wear away your tooth enamel. Plaque and bacteria can make use of the empty spaces on your gums to breed and accumulate.

Dental implants are a very popular form of tooth replacement. The prosthetic teeth are attached to titanium posts that have been placed directly into the jawbone. This makes the implants very sturdy. The jawbone will grow around the implants which will increase the bone mass in the jaw, and strengthen the implants. Implants require no special care and can be brushed and flossed just like your natural teeth.

To be a good candidate for dental implants, your gums must be healthy, and you must have enough jawbone to support the implants. In some cases, surgery can restore your gums and jaws. If you have immune system issues or take immunosuppressants, your dentist may suggest another procedure.  Uncontrolled diabetes and other diseases and medications may mean that implants are not for you. Since implants require surgery, your dentist may suggest another treatment if you have hemophilia.

However, the biggest issue regarding the success of dental implants is your level of dedication. You must be committed to following your dentist’s post-operative instructions and directions regarding follow-up visits. If will not brush and floss your teeth, and see your dentist for your regular appointments, you will put your implants at risk. Drug and tobacco use can cause problems for your gums, and if you are not willing to quit, implants may not be for you.

If you have missing teeth and are interested in dental implants, our dentist, Dr. Feriel El Ghaoui can give you an exam and discuss whether or not implants are right for you. To get started on the road to a better smile, call Tara Hills Dental in Pinole, California, at 510-724-7474 today.