No matter how well you care for your teeth, injury or disease can cause tooth loss. In fact, by age 50, most Americans have lost an average of 12 teeth (including wisdom teeth).
But there’s no need to go through life without a smile you love! If you’re looking to boost your confidence and want the feeling of a full set of teeth, dental implants may be right for you.
What are dental implants?
Dental implants are replacement teeth, surgically implanted into the jawbone. They feel and function just like natural teeth, won’t slip or move, and don’t require special cleaning or use of adhesives. In fact, you can care for implants just like you would natural teeth.
In addition, implants help restore chewing capacity, and can even preserve bone in the jaw, helping to maintain facial structure.
With good oral hygiene, implants can last 25 years or more, making them an effective, long-term solution to tooth loss.
So can everyone get dental implants? While they may be a perfect fit for many patients, there are a few requirements that determine who can (and who cannot) get dental implants.
Who is a good candidate for dental implants?
If you’re missing teeth, and your gums and jaw are healthy, you may be an ideal candidate for dental implants. You must be old enough that your jawbone has stopped growing, and you should have enough bone to support and anchor the implants. However, even if you’ve lost bone in your jaw, dental implants may help prevent further bone loss. In this situation, we may be able to rebuild bone through a grafting procedure before placing the implant.
In addition, while dental implants are a popular choice for those missing only one or two teeth, they can also be a viable option if you have several teeth missing.
Who is not a good candidate for dental implants?
Not everyone is a viable candidate for implants. If a patient has suffered significant bone loss, and we cannot rebuild the bone through grafting, we’ll need to consider an alternate form of restoration, such as bridges or dentures.
And if you’re wondering, can I get dental implants with gum disease? The answer depends. If a patient receives the proper gum disease treatment and is able to restore the health of their gums, they absolutely can. In this case, dental implants may be delayed but not permanently prevented. However, if gum disease remains uncorrected and uncontrolled, dental implants will not be possible.
In the end, the best way to know whether dental implants are right for you is to come in and visit us at Cottonwood Dental for an evaluation. Dr. Giaquinto can help you choose the best option to restore your smile and improve your oral health—whether you’re a good candidate for implants or not. Contact us to schedule an appointment today!
About The Author
Dentist at Cottonwood Dental
Dentistry is a profession that requires many layers of knowledge and training. My background encompasses three post-grad degrees along with a command of aesthetics and precision. Both of those are necessary when creating the great results that we promise our patients. Being a graduate of the University of New Mexico and Marquette University School of Dentistry has provided me with a launching point for my practice at Cottonwood Dental. My ongoing research… [Read full bio]