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Am I a Candidate for Dental Implants?
Dental implants are an incredible, very popular treatment for replacing missing teeth. This unique treatment uses titanium posts to support your new restorations. The posts are surgically implanted into your jaw. As you heal, your bone fuses to the posts, stabilizing them to provide support for your new teeth. Implants provide several amazing benefits including a more natural appearance, ease of care, and the preservation of your jawbone. While dental implants are highly popular and have a very high success rate, it is important to determine whether or not they are the right treatment for you. Optimum Oral Surgery Group can help.
You Have Suffered Tooth Loss
Dental implants are a modern treatment used for replacing missing teeth. It is a customizable treatment and can be used to replace a single tooth or multiple teeth. If you are not yet missing teeth, but need to undergo a tooth extraction, dental implants may be discussed as a replacement option before your teeth are removed.
You Are Healthy
To receive dental implants, you need to have surgery. To undergo surgery, you need to be in good overall health. Individuals with chronic health conditions will need to have their conditions well-managed before they can be considered candidates. You will also receive a thorough oral exam during your initial consultation. Any conditions such as gum disease will need to be treated before undergoing implant surgery. If you have been scheduled for surgery, but develop a fever or feel ill shortly before your appointment, it is important to call our office. We may need to reschedule your appointment.
You Do Not Smoke or Drink
Smoking and drinking can significantly impact the ability of your body to heal after surgery. Cigarettes and other tobacco products contain numerous chemicals that are harmful to your health. Smoking can limit the amount of oxygen in your blood as well as slow your blood flow, which can slow the delivery of nutrients essential for healing. Alcohol consumption can affect the ability of your body to form clots. Before undergoing surgery, it is recommended that you quit these habits.
You Have Sufficient Bone Mass in Your Jaw
Following tooth loss, your jawbone begins to lose mass. This is because your bone loses the stimulation from your teeth. A lack of stimulation leads to fewer nutrients being sent to the jaw, which leads to bone loss and a weakening of the bone. Dental implants rely on your jawbone for stability. If you have lost too much bone mass, your jaw may be unable to properly support your new teeth. If you do not have enough bone mass, a bone graft or bone morphogenic protein may be recommended.
Am I Too Old?
Many older patients often think that they are too old for dental implants. The truth, however, is that you are never too old to enjoy the incredible benefits that dental implants have to offer. So long as you meet other requirements, dental implants can restore your smile, the functions of your missing teeth, and your quality of life. No matter if you are in your late 20s, early 70s, or older, implants could provide you with the tooth loss solution you have been looking for.
If you are interested in learning more about dental implants and finding out if they are the right treatment for you, call Optimum Oral Surgery Group at (856) 437-4432 to schedule your consultation today.