By Midtown Dental Studio, LLC
September 16, 2014
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  

Are Dental Implants Right for You?

Can you guess how many people in the U.S. are missing at least one tooth? It might be hard to imagine, but about 178 million people have lost at least one tooth. And this statistic only inflates with age, with one-fourth of American adults over the age of 65 having lost all of their teeth. TheseDental Implants are some jaw-dropping statistics, and one that we hope to combat; however, when we can’t prevent, the next best thing we can do is treat. If you’re dealing with tooth loss, then you know the challenges you face with eating, talking and smiling.

We often take for granted how much teeth do for us until they are gone. If you’ve been researching treatments to restore your tooth loss, then it’s inevitable that you’ve come across dental implants. With all the vast research on implants, however, it can be a bit daunting. Let us take the guesswork out of dental implants. If you want to know if you’re a good candidate for this procedure, then find out now by asking yourself these questions:

Q. Do you have good oral health? Are you in good physical health?

Since dental implants require surgery it’s important that you are an overall healthy person, as this will help make the recovery process faster and easier on you. Also, because your gums and jawbone will both play important roles in your implant’s life, we want to make sure they are healthy, strong and disease-free.

Plus, there are certain medical conditions like heart disease—or those who’ve recently had a heart attack—that can make this procedure risky. Always talk to your dentist about your medical history.

Q. Are you a smoker or tobacco user?

Frequent smokers, tobacco users, and those who are chemically dependent on alcohol or other drugs are at an increased risk of implant failure. If you really want dental implants, it’s best to kick the habit before you get this surgery done. We want you to have the best chance of success with your dental implants.

Q. How old are you?

This might seem like a rather prying question, but it’s relevant—we swear! The only reason we are asking is because children and most teenagers aren’t good candidates for dental implants. We want their jawbones to be fully developed before we insert the implant into it. If we do it too soon, and your jawbone hasn’t stopped grow, the surgery will stunt your jawbone’s growth. Best bet is to wait until your late teens, or when your jawbone has reached full maturity, before considering this procedure.

There are also some more questions that unfortunately you won’t be able to answer, but your cosmetic dentist will be able to with just one dental exam. A thorough evaluation will ensure that you get the best treatment you can to restore your smile. If you’re interested in talking more with us, then give us a call to setup a consultation. We can’t wait to talk to you about dental implants!