One or more missing teeth won't affect just your appearance and self-esteem. It can also impact the shape of your mouth and put neighboring teeth and gums at risk of tooth decay. It can affect your speech, your diet, and your overall health.
If you are missing teeth or if your tooth has become infected and it needs to be pulled out, then dental implants can be an excellent solution to maintaining your oral health.
What Are Dental Implants?
A dental implant is a metal post that is inserted into the jaw bone and replaces the root of a missing tooth. Because the implant is surgically placed into your jaw bone and it fuses with it, it won't move, slip or fall while you are eating, drinking, or talking. It looks and functions just like a regular tooth.
Should I Consider Dental Implants?
If you've been thinking about dental implants, here are some signs that it may be a good time to talk with your dentist about them:
- You have one or more teeth missing or about to be pulled out because they've gotten infected;
- You've been wearing dentures, but they are becoming too difficult or uncomfortable to use;
- Your tooth is fractured beyond repair (the fracture extends beyond the gum line) and it needs to be extracted;
- You are unhappy with your appearance.
Can I Qualify for Dental Implants?
Your dentist is the one who can tell you with certainty if you are a good candidate for dental implants. Generally speaking, you can get dental implants if:
- Your jaw bone is fully grown and developed;
- Your jaw bone is healthy enough to secure the implants or get a bone graph;
- You don't have certain conditions that can affect bone healing;
- You are willing to undergo an invasive procedure that can take several months to complete;
- You are not a smoker.
Mountain View Family Dental Can Help
Are you considering dental implants? Schedule an appointment with one of our doctors and let's discuss your options! d