Dental Implants Can Replace Missing Teeth
Although tooth loss occurs as one gets older, dental implants can replace missing teeth at practically any age. Missing teeth can be embarrassing and pose a risk to your health, so it’s important to address the problem in the soonest possible time to ensure that no complications develop. If you’re interested in dental implants you might be wondering, “Are dental implants right for me?”
Here’s what you need to know.
What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are permanent dental restorations designed to replace natural teeth. The dental implant procedure begins with placing a post under the gum line, which provides support for the rest of the implant (abutment and crowns). The crowns, made of porcelain or ceramic, look like natural teeth and help support your chewing and speaking.
Am I a Candidate for Dental Implants?
Generally speaking, patients with sufficient jaw bone mass or structure can get dental implants as replacements for missing teeth. Dental implants are embedded directly onto the jaw bone, so a good candidate for this treatment should have enough jaw bone structure to provide a stable anchor. However, there are cases when even a patient without sufficient bone mass can still have dental implants placed, through the use of bone grafting or sinus grafting.
Candidates must also have healthy gums, as the gums are needed to support both the implant and the teeth restorations. Advanced gum disease problems can pose problems to the placement of dental implants, or make it impossible to put in the implants. Existing gum problems must be addressed and treated before the procedure is considered.
Finally, a person must also have good overall health to be eligible for dental implants. Diabetes, cancer, bleeding problems, jaw bone problems, and other illnesses can create complications during the procedure. Cigarette smokers may not be suitable candidates because tobacco can have a negative effect on the healing process.
Call Dental Health 360˚ Today!
If you need dental services in Northern New Jersey or New York, please contact Dental Health 360˚ today. We offer dental cleanings, gum disease treatment, teeth whitening, root canals, dentures, extractions and much more.
Give us a call at (201) 809-9566 to schedule an appointment.