For many people, dental implants are the perfect solution for replacing missing teeth. They are crafted to blend in perfectly with a person’s smile, and what’s more, they are sturdy. The prosthetic teeth are mounted on titanium posts that have been placed directly into the jawbone. This keeps the implants in place, makes sure that remaining natural teeth do not drift out of alignment, and stimulates the growth and strength of the jawbone.
While many people are good candidates for implants, before you move ahead with the procedure, you should see your dentist for an exam and a consultation. For implants to be successful you will need to have healthy gums and enough jawbone to support your them. Surgery can improve your gums and increase your jawbone, and surgery is also required for place the implants. With that in mind, if you have immune system issues, immunosuppressants, or have hemophilia, implants may not be for you. If you have uncontrolled diabetes, or have had radiation treatments to your head and neck, your dentist may suggest another replacement procedure.
Implants require that you follow your dentist’s instructions when it comes to your postoperative care and follow-up appointments. If you aren’t committed to doing that, or if you don’t plan to brush twice a day and floss once a day and to keeping your appointments for your cleanings and exams, you may not be a good implant candidate. Tobacco and drug use can contribute to gum disease, which can cause your implants to fail.
To sum it up, you should talk with your dentist about your medical history, your medications and your habits before deciding to have dental implants placed. Even if implants are not the answer for you, dentures, or a dental bridge may serve you well. If you would like to discuss options for replacing your missing teeth and you live in the Cincinnati, Ohio, area you can call 513-771-5212 to make an appointment with Dr. Alexis Mai at Elite Cosmetic and Family Dentistry.