Missing teeth can affect your confidence, oral health, and diet. This is why it’s important you schedule an appointment with our office as soon as you lose a tooth.
Our dental implant dentists in Holland, MI, will be able to help you explore your tooth replacement options. That way, you’ll be able to make an informed decision for your smile.
Continue reading to learn who can get dental implants.
What are Dental Implants?
A dental implant is an artificial tooth root (typically made of titanium) that we place in your jaw to later support a crown. Unlike dentures, dental implants are stable and often last for decades. This means that you’ll be able to eat, drink, smile, and talk without your dental implants moving. Instead, they’ll stay firmly rooted in your jaw.
Candidates for Dental Implants
The ideal candidate for dental implants is a non-smoker, has healthy gums, and has sufficient bone density in their jaw to support an implant. However, don’t feel like you have to be the “perfect candidate” for to request an appointment with one of our dental implant dentists. There is plenty they can do to find the right solution for your smile.
It’s important to understand that the condition of both your teeth and gums ultimately affects oral health. If you have receding gums due to advanced periodontal disease, you may not be a candidate for the dental implant procedure. This is because teeth are more likely to fall out when they’re no longer supported by gums. The ideal candidate for the dental implant procedure has healthy gums.
Sufficient Bone Density in Jaw to Support Implants
You’ll need to have enough bone density in your jaw so the tooth implant can be placed. If you don’t have enough bone density, our dentists may recommend you get a bone graft. For this procedure, a section of bone would be taken from another part of your body and grafted onto your jawbone. That way, your dental implants have enough support to properly anchor to the jawbone.
Do you smoke or otherwise use tobacco products? If so, you’re not the best candidate for the dental implant procedure. It’s important to understand that there’s a connection between your oral health and the rest of your body. When you smoke, you increase the risk of the tooth implant not fusing properly to your jawbone. People who smoke may also heal more slowly after the dental implant procedure.
Good Oral Hygiene
The better you take care of your smile, the longer yourare likely to last. To help your dental implants last for years, you’ll need to brush your teeth twice a day and floss once daily. You’ll also need to see one of our dentists at least every 6 months for a teeth cleaning and oral examination. They’ll closely monitor the condition of your dental implants so they last for years to come.
With proper care, a dental implant can last up to 30 years or even a lifetime. However, it’ll be your responsibility to maintain good oral health so your dental implants remain in good condition. If you suspect any issues with your dental implants, call our office as soon as possible.