If you have lost one or more teeth, dental implants offer a solution unlike any other. These tiny titanium posts take the place of a missing tooth’s root structure as well as the part that helps you eat, speak, and smile with confidence. Maybe you know about the multitude of benefits associated with dental implants in Framingham — like better oral health, a more natural appearance, and more. Now your next question is simple… is this a good option for your smile? Keep reading to find out more about what makes someone a great candidate for implant dentistry. The dentist is in!
Many adults are eligible candidates for dental implants. Usually, we advise waiting until past the age of 18 or so to get a dental implant. Children who are missing teeth at birth or who have lost a permanent tooth that cannot be reattached may need to wait until their jaw is fully formed to get a dental implant.
But for eligible adults, there is no better option in tooth replacement than a dental implant. The posts are surgically placed, so you should be in reasonably good overall health to undergo the procedure. Patients who have serious illnesses or diseases that affect the immune system may be better suited for a non implant-retained replacement option.
If your tooth loss is very recent or if you are on the brink of extraction, you may be able to have the implant posts placed without a preparatory procedure. But if your jawbone is weak or has diminished due to the missing tooth structure, you will likely need to have a bone graft done first. It adds time and expense to the whole process, but most patients agree it’s worth it to enjoy the benefits of dental implants — like a strong, stable, and secure smile.
People who smoke are at a higher risk of dental implant failure and should strongly consider kicking the habit before getting dental implants. In some cases, a dentist may recommend another tooth replacement altogether.
Now you know a little bit about what may make you a good candidate for the dental implant procedure, and that can help you make the first decisions on your journey to a complete smile. However, the only way to really be sure that dental implants are a good decision for you is to schedule an appointment with your dental implant dentist! During an implant consultation, we will consider your oral and overall health, your lifestyle, budget, and your personal goals to determine whether or not dental implants are the right solution for you. If they are, we look forward to getting started right away!
Dr. Mark Fried is a general, cosmetic, and restorative dentist providing comprehensive dental care for patients of all ages. To learn more about his services or to discuss your candidacy for dental implants, you are invited to contact your dentist in Framingham at 508-872-9339.