Dental Implants Candidates
Dental implants may be a great solution for you if you are a healthy nonsmoker (of any age), have loose or severely damaged teeth, are missing teeth, or are using a prosthetic appliance that you find unsatisfactory. But you should also meet certain criteria:
- Good overall health: If you are a heavy smoker or drinker, this may affect whether dental implants can be fused to your jawbone. If you have uncontrolled diabetes or periodontal disease, these can affect the success of dental implants. Heart disease and cancer, as well as radiation therapy to the head or neck area, are other factors that will be evaluated by our dentists prior to surgery.
- Healthy jawbone and gums: The strength and density of your jawbone is the most important factor in your candidacy, since your jaw must be strong enough to support the implant posts. Tooth loss often leads to jawbone atrophy, so if teeth have been missing for a period of time, your jaw may be affected. An important benefit of dental implants is that their presence halts bone loss in the jaw.
If your jawbone is not strong enough for dental implants, you may still be able to move forward with dental implant surgery, through bone grafting. Bone grafting can strengthen your jaw with transplanted bone tissue.
At your consultation, Dr. Stofer will conduct a thorough dental exam, including digital x-rays, and will review your candidacy with you. If it is determined that you are a good candidate for dental implants, we will then develop your personalized treatment plan.
About Dental Implants
Historically, options for patients with missing teeth were limited to traditional dental crowns and removable bridges and dentures. Many patients had to follow a restricted diet, and were often worried that their teeth may slip out of place. Dental implants have solved these problems by providing sturdy, stable roots for replacement teeth.
Dental implants are made of small titanium posts, which are surgically placed in the jawbone. Implant-supported crowns, bridges, and dentures are securely attached to these implants. These permanent replacements will not shift in your mouth, regardless of what you eat.
Dental implants fit precisely against your gum line and conform to the contours of your mouth to eliminate a sunken look. Made of durable materials that resemble enamel, your new teeth will be fully functional, attractive, and youthful.
Treatment at Dental Solutions
Our experienced dentists offer the full spectrum of treatments and procedures for comprehensive dental care. You will not need to go back and forth between an oral surgeon and restorative dentist for your dental implant procedure.
We offer various sedation options to maximize your comfort during dental procedures. We also offer flexible financing options through CareCredit, to help make your procedure more affordable.
We are committed to improving your oral health, while helping you achieve the smile you want. To learn more about this exciting restorative opportunity or to determine whether you are a good candidate, contact Dental Solutions today.