Who Is a Candidate?
We love dental implants. We believe that dental implants are a great way to give our patients the look and feel of the teeth they lost due to disease or injury. Implants give our patients a healthy smile that is very natural-looking. Implants are an excellent way for our patients to also maintain the look of their jawline because when you lose teeth, you also lose bone mass in your jaw over time. If you have been thinking about getting dental implants, you need to know that not everyone makes a good candidate for implants. How would you know whether or not you are a good candidate for dental implants? Here at Center for Advanced Periodontics and Implant Dentistry we want to take a minute and talk to you about the dental implant procedure, and how we determine who is a good candidate for implants.
What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are not real teeth, but they look and act very much like real teeth. Instead of a tooth root, we use a screw that screws into your jaw and holds an artificial tooth in place. Implants allow us to give you one tooth, a couple of new teeth, or a whole jaw of new teeth using an implant procedure. Dental implants can be used when a patient loses all of their teeth at once due to trauma, or when they lose their teeth more slowly because of gum disease or tooth decay.
Are There Different Kinds of Dental Implants?
We use two different types of dental implants to help patients who have lost teeth. One example of an implant is called the endosteal implant. To do an endosteal implant, a screw is placed in your gum, and we screw it into your jawbone. A prosthetic tooth is then placed on top of the screw. Many patients get implants rather than bridges or partial dentures because they preserve bone mass in the jaw, and they don’t have to be removed.
We also do subperiosteal implants. These implants are used on top of the gum rather than screwing into the jawbone. Often, we use subperiosteal implants because the patient does not have enough bone mass in their jawbone to hold a traditional implant.
Am I A Good Candidate?
There are several different criteria we use to help us decide if our patient is a good candidate to receive implants. First, the patient has to be in reasonably good overall health. Dental procedures like implants are tougher to perform if you aren’t in good health. Also, the patient’s oral health has to be good as well. The patient must have good oral health because if their gums or jawbone aren’t healthy, it is tough to do an implant procedure that will be effective.
If you think you would make a good candidate for an implant procedure, why not give Center for Advanced Periodontics and Implant Dentistry a call at 508-441-4154? We will be happy to set up a consultation for you and review your options with you. Before you know it, you could have a set of brand new, amazing teeth!