Missing teeth can cause a myriad of problems like not being able to chew or speak properly. Not to mention the embarrassment you feel whenever you smile!
Dental implants are talked about as the best way to replace missing teeth. Have you wondered if you are a good dental implants candidate?
That’s a good question because dental implants are not the right solution for everyone.
So, what makes someone a good dental implants candidate? Why are dental implants supposed to be the best solution if you’ve lost teeth?
We’ll answer both of those questions, but first, let’s learn a little more about what is a dental implant.
What are dental implants?
Dental implants are a complete and permanent solution for missing teeth. They restore your lost tooth from root to crown.
An implant is made up of three parts:
- Implant post: This is placed directly into the jawbone and is used to replace the missing tooth root. The implant is generally made of lightweight, durable, and biocompatible titanium.
- Abutment: This is a small attachment to connect the implant post with the crown.
- Crown: A new tooth is created that shows above the gum line and allows your implant to function as one of your natural teeth.
Often, a dentist is qualified to place the dental crown but does not have the surgical education and training to place the dental implant post. In turn, you would be referred to an outside specialist for that part of your treatment.
At Federal Way General & Laser Dentistry, our Federal Way dental implants expert, Dr. Jonathan Einowski, is qualified to complete both the surgical and the crown placement of your dental implants. There is no need to go to an outside office; your complete procedure will be done in our office.
As we mentioned earlier, dentures and bridges have been used for decades to replace teeth.
Why are dental implants considered the “best” solution?
For decades, experts replaced missing teeth by using dentures and dental bridges. While these have been satisfactory, there are some drawbacks.
What are some of the disadvantages of dentures and bridges:
- Dentures are subject to slippage and can cause discomfort
- Dentures and bridges are hard to keep clean from food debris, which can cause decay or bad breath
- The surrounding healthy teeth of a dental bridge must be modified to accommodate it
- Dentures and bridges often require readjustments because of tooth movement or bone lose
Dental implants have removed all of those problems!
- Dental implants are a permanent solution
- They are maintained the same way your natural teeth are with regular brushing and flossing
- They are a stand-alone treatment that doesn’t require modifying surrounding teeth
- Implants are the only treatment that stimulates the growth of underlying bone tissue giving you a healthier and stronger foundation for your smile
So, what makes someone a good candidate for dental implants?
Who is a good candidate for dental implants?
Dental implants are a great solution for most people.
What makes someone a good immediate dental implants candidate? If they can fulfill these three requirements:
- Generally in good health
- Have sufficient healthy bone to place an implant
- Free from gum disease
However, even if you do lack sufficient bone structure or presently have gum disease, this doesn’t automatically disqualify you as a dental implants candidate.
Healthy bone can be built up again using bone transplants, and healthy gums can be restored with periodontal treatment. Once completed with those treatments, a dental implants procedure could be performed successfully.
Are implants the right solution for you?
The answer is more than likely: Yes, they are!
However, the only way to answer that question is to have a complete examination and consultation with Dr. Einowski.
If you live in the Federal Way, SeaTac, Des Moines, Auburn, Kent, Edgewood, or Browns Point area, we encourage you to find out if dental implants are right for you! We would love to help you have a healthy, beautiful, and confident smile.
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