Dental implants have become the top choice for individuals who have lost one or more teeth. They are effective, long-lasting, and look nearly identical to real teeth!
However, to get the most out of dental implant treatment, it's essential to have a clear understanding of the factors that determine whether a person is a suitable candidate for the procedure.
In this article, we will provide a brief overview of dental implants and highlight the characteristics of ideal candidates.
If you’re wondering if dental implants might be a good option for you, keep reading!
Dental Implants 101
A dental implant is an artificial tooth surgically embedded into the jawbone.
The implant acts as the ‘root’ of the tooth, where following a crown is then added on top. The crown is the part that you see and is a replica of a natural tooth.
There are two types of dental implants:
Endosteal Implants - These are the most common form of implants and are placed in the jawbone.
Subperiosteal Implants - These implants are placed under the gum, either on or above the jawbone, and are typically used with patients dealing with unhealthy jawbone.
Good dental implants will look natural and will compliment a person’s face and bone structure.
Ideal Candidates for Dental Implants
There are a few general criteria that make a person a good candidate for dental implants.
You are old enough that your jawbone has finished growing.
You are in overall good health, including oral health.
You have healthy gums and no decay.
You have a good bone structure to support the dental implant.
You are committed to oral hygiene and keeping your implant/implants clean.
It’s best to work with a provider who has experience with dental implants, as they will be able to help you fully decide if you are a good candidate.
How Long Do Dental Implants Last?
With proper oral hygiene, dental implants should last a lifetime.
Implants are extremely durable, but as with a normal tooth, care should be taken when eating extremely hard foods. It’s also best to be wary of foods that stain, such as coffee or wine.
Regular appointments with your dentist are crucial in ensuring everything is well with your implants. If anything should happen, such as a screw coming loose or a crown chipping, your dentist can easily fix and get your teeth back to new.
Are Dental Implants Right For You?
Paula S. Gould is a highly trained implant dentist in Bergen County, NJ.
She has experience helping thousands of patients achieve better teeth through implant treatment and other cosmetic dentistry procedures.
If you’re wondering if dental implants are right for you, the first step will be to book a consultation appointment with Dr. Gould. She will conduct an oral exam, take note of your medical history, and help you decide whether or not implants are the best choice.
Invest in your oral health today and book an appointment with Paula S. Gould, DDS!