Should I Get Dental Implants?

Should I Get Dental Implants?

by Shearly (SU)

Dental implants are a safe, effective way to not only improve your smile, but your overall health as well. Most people know that missing teeth can have adverse effects on a person’s smile and self-confidence. What they may not know, is that it can cause other problems too. Besides the embarrassment, missing teeth make it harder to eat certain foods. This can reduce your ability to eat a healthy balanced diet with fresh fruits and vegetables, because they may be difficult to chew. Poor nutrition can lead to many other health conditions, including osteoporosis and diabetes. If you have missing teeth, have you asked yourself, “Am I a candidate for dental implants?” The answer may be in the affirmative.

The Damage Caused by Missing Teeth and How Dental Implants Can Help

When you have missing teeth, you may also lose bone mass in the jaw, increasing your odds of a broken jaw. In addition, when left untreated, missing teeth can actually lead to your teeth shifting. It can cause gum deterioration, over time, it can alter the shape of the face, making you appear older. While dentures can provide help, they do not promote jawbone health in the same way that dental implants do.

Only a qualified dentist can advise you as to whether or not you are a good candidate for dental implants. There are, however, a few factors that determine the ideal dental implant candidate. These include: 

Adequate bone support

Jawbone is needed in order to fuse dental implants to the jaw. If there is not adequate bone density, then bone may have to be taken from else where and grafted to the area.

Good overall health

Implant dentistry requires a surgical procedure, health is important. People who smoke, drink alcohol, or have diabetes tend to have a lower success rate with dental implants. These conditions lower oral health and affect the healing process of the implant.

Healthy Gums

Healthy gums are needed for support of the new dental implant so that it will fuse to the jawbone properly. People with periodontal disease often experience dental implant failure.

Good dental hygiene

A commitment to good oral health, like brushing and flossing is crucial when it comes to dental implants. Without it, the area could become infected.

Don’t clench your teeth

This has shown to decrease the success rate of implant surgery.

If you have not adhered to these factors, it will not prevent you from getting dental implants, you may find there will be a delay in your procedure. Your dentist will work with you to get you healthy enough to start dental implant surgery.

It may mean having bone grafts done to your jaw, gum disease treated, or evaluating you bite. Once a tooth is lost, you jawbone will begin to degrade as body removes bone and tissue it deems unnecessary. Other teeth will then begin to shift into the gap and your bite will change. The sooner you get your implants, the less work will have to be done and your oral health will also improve.

Due to recent advances in dental techniques and procedures, even if you have a few health issues or are older, you may still be a good candidate for dental implants. Dr. Ari Binder is an expert in dental implants, as well as general and cosmetic dentistry. He will take the time to listen to you, and guide you concerning all of your dental needs.

Dental implants are the new standard of care for missing teeth, as they provide long-term support with many benefits. The surgery is much easier than most people would expect and the results are extremely positive. Want to find out if you’re a candidate for dental implants? Call our Eugene dental office today at (541) 689-1645 or request an appointment online.