Dental implants are a wonderful way to combat missing teeth. They act and feel just like natural teeth, plus help to keep your oral health intact. However, not everyone is a good candidate for them. It takes a clean and healthy mouth to heal up following the implant surgery. If your mouth is not at optimal oral health currently, you may need to take a few steps towards getting your mouth healthier before getting dental implants. Luckily for you, here at Reimels Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, we can help.
When you have a missing tooth (or several of them), the bone where the tooth was once held begins to deteriorate since it is no longer necessary to hold a tooth in place. Dental implants go into this same bone, making it necessary once more. This means, by having a dental implant, the bone will not deteriorate, and your mouth and jaw will stay healthier.
The basic process for getting dental implants involves getting the support for the false tooth placed into your jaw, surgically. Once the implants are placed into the jaw, they need time to heal. During this healing process, temporary teeth will be placed on top so you can eat and speak. Once the healing is complete, typically about six months after the surgery was completed, you will get your permanent teeth placed on top of the supports.
The six-month healing period is a very important part of the process. You need to maintain your oral health carefully, and with the help of your dentist or oral surgeon, or both. We normally request you stop smoking and using straws during this time period, as both can cause problems during the healing process. If you are not willing to do that, your mouth may not be a good candidate to get dental implants in the first place.
Here at Reimels Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, we can help work with you to figure out if your mouth is the right candidate for implants. If your mouth is not healthy enough just yet, we can help improve your oral health so that you can get them down the line. Sometimes, the bone where a tooth once was deteriorated to where there isn’t enough bone left to set the implant support. In cases like those, bone grafts may be necessary. Call us today and schedule a consultation to see if you could benefit from getting dental implants.