Of all the types of prosthetic teeth that are available to dental patients, implants are the most realistic and most similar to natural teeth. Dental implants have the look and feel of real teeth, and they’re permanently fused to the jaw, just like real teeth.
In fact, dental implants look so natural that no one can tell when it’s an implant, even when up close. Whether you’re missing one tooth or many teeth, dental implants may be a good option for you. Here’s what you need to know.
What Are Dental Implants?
A dental implant is a prosthetic tooth that’s inserted into the jaw and fused with the bone. On top of the implant is a crown that resembles a natural tooth. Implants are the same color as natural teeth, and each implant is custom-made for the patient, so that it fits perfectly in the mouth.
Who’s a Good Candidate for Dental Implants?
You’re a good candidate for a dental implant if you’re missing one tooth or several. You should also have a healthy jaw to support a dental implant, and have good oral hygiene. Your dentist will be able to tell you if you’re a good candidate for a dental implant.
What to Consider Before Having Surgery
The insertion of a dental implant is a surgical procedure. Knowing what to consider can help you decide whether this process is right for you.
- Age. Anyone who gets a dental implant should have a jaw bone that’s fully done growing, which means that patients less than about 18 years old may not be fit for a dental implant. If you’re still growing, your dentist can help you decide what options are best for you.
- Bone health. You must have a healthy jaw bone to support implants. Your dentist can tell you whether you have sufficient jaw bone for dental implant surgery. In some cases, you may be able to improve support to your jaw bone through bone grafting.
- General health. It’s important to be generally healthy if you’re going to undergo implant surgery. If you smoke, have diabetes, have periodontal disease or a compromised immune system, dental implant surgery may not be right for you.
Need Dental Implants? Contact Weninger Dentistry
If you’re missing teeth and would like a prosthetic that strongly resembles natural teeth in appearance and functionality, implants may be right for you. Get started by getting an evaluation from a dental professional.
Contact Weninger Dentistry to find out more about how you can benefit from dental implants. We can examine your health and missing teeth to let you know whether this option is right for you.