If you have missing teeth, you may be wondering if there are options available that yield better results than traditional dentures. Fortunately, dental implants can do just that. What many consider a revolutionary advance in the field of restorative dentistry, dental implants are designed to replace missing teeth with results that both look and feel natural. A dental implant is composed of a small titanium post that is placed in the area of the missing tooth. The post serves to mimic a natural tooth root, fusing to the jawbone to become a permanent part of your mouth. A custom-designed dental crown is then affixed to the top of the post, allowing for improved chewing and speaking and a beautiful new look to your smile.
Candidates for dental implants typically include those who:
- Have one or more missing teeth
- Are looking for a more advanced alternative to dentures
- Have an adequate amount of jawbone density in the area of the missing tooth/teeth to accommodate the dental implant
- Have reasonably healthy gums
- Do not suffer from certain medical conditions, such as diabetes, that may interfere with the healing process
- Are not currently undergoing radiation or chemotherapy treatments that may prevent proper healing after implantation
Patients who have undeveloped jawbones and those who: are pregnant; smoke heavily; or are currently taking certain medications may not be candidates. With that in mind, it is important to remember that many individuals – from virtually all walks of life – are indeed candidates for this procedure, even those who may have previously been told they are not. The best way to find out if dental implant treatment is the right option for your needs is to schedule a consultation with our experienced implant dentist. Dr. J. Otis Hurst can perform a full oral evaluation and talk with you about your options. If you are a candidate for dental implants, Dr. Hurst can create a customized treatment plan to help you successfully and permanently renew the appearance and function of your teeth.
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If you would like more information on dental implants, or to schedule a consultation here at Preferred Family Dental, please contact us today.