How Do I Know if I Am a Suitable Candidate for Dental Implants?

How Do I Know if I Am a Suitable Candidate for Dental Implants?

tooth replacement CharlottesvilleIf you have lost teeth, you might be wondering if you should consider dental implants as a tooth replacement option. Dental implants are the most biocompatible method for restoring the loss of the entire tooth. Typically, patients who receive implants have relatively good oral health including adequate bone mass and healthy gums. There are some procedures, however, that can increase a person’s candidacy for dental implants. Grafting procedures can build up bone and gum tissue so that implants can have the support they require for stabilization. The best way to determine if this tooth replacement option is right for you is to schedule an appointment with our oral surgeon, which will entail a questionnaire, a physical examination, and a consultation.

How do dental implants work?

A dental implant is a prosthetic root of a tooth. It is embedded into the jawbone where new bone will generate tissue and fuse to its titanium structure. Dental implants resemble small screws in the sense that they have a ridged texture that widens gradually. After the implant is embedded into the jaw, the process of bone fusing to it will be monitored over the recovery phase of treatment, which can last for a few months. Once the implant is stable in the jaw, its permanent restoration is attached to an abutment. Permanent restorations are custom made crowns or bridges. They are used to replace the visible and biting surfaces of teeth.

How do dental implants compare to dentures and bridges?

Dental implants differ from conventional dentures and bridges because they address the loss of tooth structure below the gums. Since they draw on bone for support, they typically last much longer than a denture or bridge. Implants keep bone active and healthy and therefore help prevent deterioration of the jaw, a common issue that affects those suffering from tooth loss.

To learn more, call our practice today to reserve a tooth replacement consultation!