Am I a Candidate for Dental Implants?
Whether or not you are a candidate for dental implants is a decision that will need to be made between Dr. Browne and you. There are a couple of factors that will help to determine whether or not you are a candidate for dental implants, though.
One major factor as to whether or not you are an ideal candidate for dental implants is the integrity of your jawbone. Over time, if you have a missing tooth or teeth, your jawbone will begin to deteriorate. When this happens, it becomes much more difficult (or impossible) to place dental implants. You may have the option of undergoing a bone graft procedure, though, which strengthens the jawbone and allows for the placement of dental implants.
Another big factor that needs to be considered is cost. Your insurance may or may not cover a dental implant procedure. Even if it does, you’ll need to consider the co-pay. While the cost of dental implants may be higher than other replacement options, keep in mind this option is permanent (where other options are not). They also provide a superior level of support.
During your consultation and examination, Dr. Browne will let you know if you are physically capable of having dental implants placed. From there, the financial decision can be made.
The Bone Graft Procedure
If your dentist decides a bone graft procedure can help with the placement of dental implants, he will recommend the treatment. This procedure involves the placement of bone tissue at the site where the bone has deteriorated. Over time, the new bone tissue begins to fuse with the jawbone and strengthens it. Once the bone has become stronger, your dentist will be able to install the dental implant or implants.
The success rate for dental bone grafting is extremely high. The main downside is the cost, which can be high. Ask Dr. Browne about the procedure if you have a deteriorated jawbone but would still like dental implants.
Taking Proper Care of Implants
It’s very important to keep in mind that—while dental implant prosthetics aren’t natural—your surrounding teeth and gums are. You still need to take proper care of your oral health to ensure your gums don’t develop gingivitis and your healthy teeth don’t decay. The last thing you want is to have to replace more teeth!
Continue to brush, floss, and rinse as usual. If you need help with your brushing or flossing technique, let us know. We’d be happy to walk you through how to properly brush and floss to avoid tartar and plaque buildup. Remember to brush and floss around the dental implant. It’s best to treat implants like natural teeth.
Another very important part of oral healthcare is visiting your dentist every six months for a cleaning and checkup. During this time, you’ll receive a professional teeth cleaning, a visual examination, and possibly x-rays. Your dentist will be able to check on the health of your new implant, along with your natural teeth, gums, and jawbone.
If you don’t have an appointment scheduled for your next regular cleaning and checkup, reach out today and get one booked!