Who is a Candidate for Dental Implants?
Dental implants are rods or screws that are fitted into your jawbone and are then attached with a crown that simulates your real teeth. Replacing a lost tooth with a dental implant is one of the best choices, as it will last the longest and most closely imitate your real teeth. If you have a dental implant, you do not need to think about it and be careful with it when you are eating or doing any other normal activities as you might need to do with other tooth replacements. If you are interested in learning more about dental implants or thinking about having the procedure done, we here at San Tan Oral Surgery can help you with your decision.
How Will a Dental Implant Help Me, and Am I Eligible?
You may not notice the tooth missing from your mouth, especially if it is a molar or has been missing for a long time. But there may be subtle changes happening in your bone and your other teeth that could cause problems down the line. Without the missing tooth in place, your teeth may start to drift closer together, affecting your bite and the way it fits. This may cause crooked teeth or new gaps. It may also cause an issue called “super erupting,” in which a tooth adjacent to the missing tooth grows out of position and can cause sensitivity and other issues. Missing a tooth can also cause problems with the way you eat food. It may be more difficult to chew food, especially if the fit of your bite changes.
Most people should be eligible for an implant. If you are in good enough health to be able to have a tooth extracted, then you should also be able to have an implant. Our specialists will examine your jaw to ensure that your teeth and gums are healthy enough and have enough jawbone to properly support the implant. It is also important that you have a high level of commitment to your oral health. Regular checkups and good brushing and flossing habits are essential for keeping an implant healthy and in place for a long time.
Who Is Not Eligible?
There are some people who would not be a suitable candidate for receiving a dental implant. People who are heavy smokers should quit smoking before getting a dental implant. Some people who have chronic illnesses, such as heart disease or diabetes, may not be in good enough health to have the surgery required for a dental implant. Our trained specialists will be able to assess your medical history to determine if you are a good candidate.
In most cases, having a dental implant to replace a missing tooth will be the most reliable and long-lasting option. If you would like to find out if you are a candidate for having dental implant surgery, give our office a call today at (480) 604-2592. Our professional and caring team can help you decide what course will be best to get your smile back to the best it can be. Come see us at San Tan Oral Surgery today!
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3303 S. Lindsay Rd. Suite 112
Gilbert, AZ 85297-1504
Office: (480) 604-2592