Are You A Good Candidate For Dental Implants?

By Penny Creek Family & Implant Dentistry
January 13, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  
Your Mill Creek dentist explains who should and shouldn’t get dental implants.

With the New Year upon us, talk has turned to resolutions, and particularly if 2014 involved the loss of a tooth, you may be considering how you can improve your smile. Maybe you’ve already started doing your research, and you’re interested in getting dental implants in Mill Creek. Find out if you may be an ideal candidate for this fantastic tooth replacement treatment.

About Dental Implants

Dental implants are a long-term solution for replacing missing teeth. Unlike dentures, dental implants actually replace a missing tooth and prevent bone loss from occurring.

A dental implant consists of a small titanium post that is surgically implanted into the jawbone of the missing tooth’s socket. Over several weeks the tissue and bone around the implant will begin to fuse with the metal, making the implant a permanent structure within your mouth. Once this has occurred we will place a metal connector, or abutment, over the implant. The abutment serves to connect the dental crown to the implant.

Dental Implant Candidates

Since this surgical procedure takes several months to complete, it may not be ideal for everyone. Here are some things we consider before agreeing to perform this procedure.

Your health: We want all dental implant patients to have good overall health. This means they shouldn’t have an uncontrolled long-term disorder like diabetes, untreated cavities, or gum disease. We also don’t recommend this treatment for those with compromised immune systems and those who are currently undergoing chemotherapy.

Your habits: Are you a smoker? If so, we don’t recommend dental implants. Smoking greatly increases your chance of implant failure. Plus, smoking also impedes healing, which will significantly lengthen your course of treatment.

Your age: Implants are only recommended for adults who have missing teeth. Children and teenagers are still growing so their mouths are still developing. Until your jawbone has stopped growing, we do not recommend this treatment option.

While these are some of the guidelines that help your Mill Creek dentist determine whether dental implants are right for you, the only way to truly decide is to schedule a one-on-one consultation. During your consultation we will discuss your goals for treatment, and examine your smile to see if implants are the right fit for you. Call Penny Creek Family and Implant Dentistry today to schedule your implant consultation, and make this new year a toothsome one!