Are you a Westminster candidate for dental implants?
There are many dental treatments for replacing missing teeth, but we think dental implants are the best choice available today. Of all your options, these most closely resemble natural human teeth. The real question is, are you a good candidate? Here’s what you need to know:
A little about implants
Why are dental implants considered the optimum choice for modern permanent teeth replacement? Although it is not a quick procedure, dental implants are designed to last for years to come. Implants are also extremely convenient and more comfortable than either bridges or dentures, because you don’t have to remove them to care for them. In fact, you clean and floss them in the same way as your natural teeth.
Because of the various steps involved, however, there is a considerable commitment required of the patient. Once you are approved for dental implants, your dentist surgically inserts a titanium post into your gum and jawbone. This can take several weeks to months to fully heal, because the jawbone also needs time to fuse to the post. When your gum and jawbone are ready for the finishing touches, a new porcelain crown is expertly crafted and permanently placed on top of the post.
What makes a good candidate?
Whether or not you are a good candidate for this type of long term and durable tooth replacement largely depends on whether you are healthy enough to undergo surgery. There are, however, some other conditions that may affect your ability to receive implants. Certain diseases, like diabetes or advanced gum disease, or even smoking may be a determining factor into the health of your gums.
Since a titanium post is surgically inserted into the jawbone to act as your new tooth root, there also needs to be enough healthy jawbone to support it. If there is not enough bone, sometimes grafts can be done to help build up your jawbone enough to accept implants. This is one very important reason for maintaining routine dental care and why you should replace missing teeth without delay.
Take the frst step
To find out of dental implants are the best missing teeth replacement treatment for you, arrange for a consultation with a Westminster dentist. If your dentist is trained and qualified in all elements of natural tooth replacement, he or she will conduct a detailed assessment of your entire tooth and jaw structure to determine your candidacy.