Implant dentistry is the most advanced, most effective approach to modern-day tooth replacement. Implants provide realistic-looking, permanent prosthetics to replace your missing teeth. They also help maintain the health of your jawbone. If you have missing teeth, you should talk to our dentist to see if you’re a good candidate for implants, as some conditions can affect the success of an implant procedure.
How Do I Know If Implants Are the Right Choice?
Before you decide on dental implants, you should consult with our periodontist or implant dentist. In order for implants to be successful, they must heal thoroughly, and the bone must bond to the titanium roots so your new teeth will remain stationary and stable in your mouth. This healing process, as well as the bonding process, must be successful for your implants to be successful.
Several issues can interfere with your ability to heal after implant dentistry. These include:
- Autoimmune disorders
- Some medications, especially those for osteoporosis
- Gum disease
- Lack of bone mass in the jaw
If any of these issues apply to you, you might not be a good candidate for implants. However, some can be addressed or treated ahead of time, such as gum disease and issues with the strength of your jawbone.
Choosing Dental Implants
You should work with our periodontist to determine what you can do to increase your chances of successful healing after implant dentistry. If you’re in overall good health and have no major problems with your dental health, implants will probably be a good choice.
Having implants placed usually requires two procedures. First, you’ll have the implants set into your jawbone. These need time to heal. During this healing time, the bone bonds to the titanium in the implants. If this bonding process, called osseointegration, is successful, your prosthetic teeth can be attached to the implants to give you a natural-looking smile and teeth that won’t move, shift, or fall out.
Call the office of Dr. Brad Crump at 214-443-0876 and set up your consultation with our skilled periodontist.