If you are missing any of your teeth, dental implants can be an attractive replacement option to return your original, beautiful smile! At Reimels Family and Cosmetic Dentistry, we have worked together to provide you with the information below and help identify whether you are an appropriate candidate for dental implants.
Dental implants are a fairly universal solution to replace one, or any number of, missing teeth you may have. Typically, a good candidate is old enough that their jawbone has stopped growing and their gums are healthy, which is around 21-25 years old. Quality bone structure within your jaw is also a key factor in determining if you are a candidate for dental implants. Since the implants are essentially built into your jaw, having good bone development is much like having a good foundation for a house being built.
Another factor that can determine your candidacy for dental implants is if you are thinking of getting a dental bridge or dentures. Since dental implants can be used instead of bridges or dentures, many people prefer to choose this treatment due to the permanence and non-removable structure of implants. They can also be recommended to prevent bone loss in the future. If the case of bone loss does arise, we can rebuild your bone through a grafting process during the implant procedure. Some things could reduce the quality of your candidacy, such as if you have radiation to the jaws, cancer, uncontrolled diabetes, uncontrolled gum disease, are a smoker, or suffer from alcoholism.
While there are many factors that can affect whether someone is a good candidate or a bad candidate, ultimately you will have to get a full evaluation completed by one of our professionals in Huntersville, NC to determine if dental implants are the best treatment option with your oral health history. If you are serious about pursuing dental implants, some insight into what the evaluation is helpful. During a dental implant evaluation, you can anticipate a thorough examination of your jaw, teeth, mouth, and overall health. Some scans will most likely be done to identify any bone loss and to isolate the location for the implants by looking at the locations of your sinuses and nerves within your mouth.
If you have any further questions or are ready to pursue dental implants, call us at 704-948-1111 and a member of our team will be happy to discuss the treatment with you further! You can also book an appointment with our easy online scheduler and just let us know in the notes that you are hoping for an implant consultation!