20 Sep Am I a candidate for dental implants?
For many years if you had one or more missing teeth, you had to resort to a partial, denture or bridge to try to restore some semblance of normalcy to your smile and appearance. But due to the technology of Round Rock implant dentistry, your options are no longer limited to these choices.
Dental implants are suitable for healthy individuals who have matured to the point where bone growth has been achieved. Whether you need one or more teeth restored, implant dentistry can help you achieve a total smile makeover. When completed you will once again be able to realize the joy of being able to eat the foods you love, speak without fear, and laugh with the confidence of someone with all their natural teeth.
The dental implant itself is made of a titanium type material that is surgically placed in the gum tissue to work much like the root of a tooth. As the implant heals, it fuses to the jaw bone giving the implant strength and stability to prepare for the final restoration. During the healing process, which typically takes four to six months, the implant is covered with a temporary restoration. Once completely healed, your dentist will make a final covering to closely match your surrounding natural teeth making it virtually indistinguishable from the real thing.
To determine if you are a candidate for dental implants, your dentist will assess your dental health as well as your physical health. Patients who suffer from immune disorders, have had cancer or deal with periodontal disease may require additional treatment to qualify for dental implantation.
If it is determined that you qualify for dental implants, your dentist will provide you with all the information and tools you need for success. Once the implant has been placed, it is imperative to take excellent oral hygiene care of the implant and surrounding area. Improper brushing and flossing is the leading cause of implant failure and infection. Smoking and tobacco use also contribute to implant failure, so it is important to discontinue the use of all tobacco products if considering dental implants.
An honest conversation with Dr. Paul Lounsberry, your Round Rock dental provider, is the first step to learning all the information you need to determine if going forward with dental implants is the right decision for you.