September 15, 2018
When a tooth has gone missing, there’s no better replacement than dental implants. This option takes care of the missing tooth as well as the supportive root structure, giving you a sturdy and long-lasting prosthetic tooth. However, not everyone is eligible for dental implants. If you are, it’s great news for your smile — keep reading to find out more about why and how to know which tooth replacement may be best for you!
Eligibility for Dental Implants
A dental implant is a tiny titanium post that can take the place of a missing tooth’s root. It is surgically placed beneath the gum line and, in order to be successful, must fuse together with the jaw bone. This process is known as osseointegration and takes place over the course of several months. However, osseointegration may not be possible for patients who have lost a significant amount of bone tissue due to tooth loss, smoking, or gum disease. Diseases which affect the immune system may also make it more difficult to heal completely from the procedure, increasing the risk of dental implant failure.
Generally, dental implant candidates are those who are:
- In good oral and overall health
- Have not been missing teeth for very long
Are Dental Implants Right for Me?
Your dentist can evaluate your candidacy for dental implants during an initial consultation. If you do not have adequate bone tissue in place, you may need to have a preliminary bone graft to create the right environment for successful dental implants.
Patients who are eligible for implants are strongly advised to choose this method. Nothing offers as much stability or promotes oral and overall health like dental implants! There are several options in implant dentistry, including the following:
- Traditional dental implants: The traditional implant is placed beneath the gum line, allowed to heal, and restored with the crown or bridge four to six months later.
- Implant dentures: An implant denture can either be affixed to a bar which latches onto the dental implants, or it may be designed to snap right onto the dental implants.
- Mini dental implants: Mini dental implants are good for tight spaces or when enough bone is not present for a traditional dental implant. This method can usually be restored on the same day or soon after implant placement.
- Same day dental implants: Same day dental implants with UltratoothⓇ can be restored with the prosthetic in the same appointment — no months-long healing process required.
Your implant dentist will help you consider your options to decide which method of dental implants is best for you. No matter which one it is, you have a lot to look forward to — like a healthy, attractive, and complete smile that can last for decades!
Meet the Dentist
Dr. Julie Valentine has been providing Beverly Hills with quality dental implant solutions for over 25 years. If you have lost teeth or are facing tooth extraction, it’s time to find an excellent replacement! Get in touch with Dr. Valentine by calling her at (310) 551-2955.
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