Are Dental Implants Right for Me? Signs You Are a Candidate
Many people ask our team about getting dental implants to replace missing teeth. They’ve heard good things about dental implants but they are not sure if they are a good candidate. If you come to Whiteman Dental Associates in Brookline, MA, we can assess your oral health and determine if dental implants are right for you.
Below are some of the common signs that dental implants are right for you. Consider this a checklist when you’re considering implant dentistry.
You Are Missing Teeth
Dental implants serve as artificial tooth roots to support dental prostheses. That means you can get dental implants to support a crown, a bridge, a partial denture, or a full arch denture.
It doesn't matter if you are missing just one tooth or multiple teeth. Dental implants are a viable treatment for all levels of tooth loss.
You’d Prefer a Fixed Dental Prosthetic
Dental implants fix a crown, bridge, or denture in place without using any denture creams or adhesives. That is the main appeal of dental implants. There is no risk of a denture falling out while eating or speaking.
If that is the kind of stability you’re looking for, you should definitely consider dental implants.
You Have Sufficient Bone Structure in the Jaw
Tooth loss can lead to bone atrophy of the jaw. This is because there is no root structure in place to stimulate the jawbone. Dental implants will help prevent future bone loss.
Now, if you’ve been missing teeth for a while, you may have experienced bone loss in the jaw. Thankfully, there is bone grafting surgery, which can build up bone tissue so you can get dental implants. You can discuss bone grafting and sinus lift surgery (another bone graft procedure) at our Brookline practice as part of the consultation process.
You Are in Good Overall Health
Getting dental implants will require oral surgery. Patients should be in good enough health to undergo the procedure without any risk to overall wellness.
You Don’t Smoke (or Are Willing to Quit)
Smoking and chewing tobacco increases the risk of implant failure and other adverse health conditions. Good candidates for dental implants should be non-smokers or willing to quit before the start of treatment.
You Acknowledge the Higher Cost of Getting Dental Implants
Getting a denture supported by dental implants will cost more than getting a removable denture. This is because of the surgery involved.
Good candidates for dental implants will accept that the cost of treatment is an investment in their oral health and quality of life.
You Have Realistic Expectations About Oral Surgery and the Overall Treatment Timeline
Getting dental implants placed will take time. Any patient who wants dental implants must understand that it can take months to fully heal from surgery. During this time, the implant fuses with the structure of your jawbone. This is known as osseointegration, and it’s essential for success.
Contact Us to Set Up a Consultation
Still interested in dental implants? If so, contact our practice in Brookline. We can go over candidacy for dental implants, review the cost of treatment, and let you know about alternatives.