Are You a Good Candidate for Dental Implants?

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Dental implants are a very popular method for replacing missing teeth. Implants are mounted on titanium posts that are held in place in your jaw as the bone grows around them. What’s more, titanium is very compatible with your body. Once they are in place, they will not shift in your mouth and they will not fall out. They are brushed along with your natural teeth, and unlike a bridge, they don’t need the support of the teeth on either side.

Ultimately, your dentist will be able to make a recommendation about which tooth restoration procedure is the best for you. While they are very popular, and most people will do fine with them, not everyone is a suitable candidate for dental implants. Here are some things that you should consider before asking your dentist about implants.

A person considering dental implants should have healthy gums. It’s also very important that they have enough bone in their jaw to support the implants. It is possible to have your jaw bone built up through grafting, but your dentist may suggest you try another type of tooth restoration.
If your jaws have not stopped growing, it may be too soon for an implant. If you are pregnant, or if you have diabetes that you are not controlling with medication, or have had a great deal of radiation treatment in your neck and or head, implants may not be a good choice for you. If you have an immune system issue, or you are taking immunosuppressants, your dentist may suggest another treatment.

Perhaps one of the most important factors in deciding if dental implants are right for you is an assessment of your oral hygiene habits. If you do receive implants, you need to be committed to taking care of your teeth and gums. Neglecting your teeth will not help your implants, or you. If you abuse alcohol or drugs; or if you use tobacco and cannot commit to quitting, implants may not be a good choice.

As noted above, you need to have a serious and honest conversation with your dentist about implants. Although implants have many advantages, there are other tooth-replacements that might serve you better. If you are interested in dental implants, have a problem with your teeth, or it is just time for a cleaning and exam, then feel free to make an appointment to see our dentist, Dr. Bob Johnson at Horizon Dental Care in Grand Junction, Colorado, at 970-245-3633. We look forward to hearing from you.