Am I A Good Candidate For Dental Implants?
Have you been considering dental implants but aren't sure if they're the best choice for you? Dr. Alfred Huber, your Boca Raton, FL dentist, explains how you can tell if you're a good candidate for this innovative tooth replacement option.
Healthy gums are a must since your gums help support your dental implant. If you have gum disease, you must recover fully before you can receive an implant.
Because dental implants are placed directly in your jaw, the bone must be deep enough and strong enough to support them. Implants are usually made of titanium, a strong metal that bonds easily to bone. The implant gradually becomes a permanent part of your jawbone during the bonding process. Unfortunately, if the bone is weak or thin, the implant may not bond fully. Since the implant will anchor an artificial tooth, it must be very stable.
Tooth loss can contribute to a weak jaw, particularly if you lost your tooth some time ago. Luckily, an implant is still possible in many cases, although you will need to receive a bone graft to strengthen your jawbone first.
Excellent oral hygiene
Caring for your new dental implant is as easy as brushing and flossing daily to remove plaque from your teeth. If you don't maintain good oral hygiene habits, you may develop an infection that could threaten the health of your new implant. Your Boca Raton dentist may recommend that you use a special interdental brush to make cleaning around your implant easier.
Although good oral hygiene is important if you're considering a dental implant, good overall health is equally important. Certain diseases and habits can affect the bonding process and slow healing. If you regularly smoke, consume large amounts of alcohol or have diabetes, you may not be a good candidate for dental implants.
Dental implants offer a long-lasting tooth replacement option and feel just like natural teeth. Call Dr. Huber, your Boca Raton, FL dentist, at (561) 852-7773 to learn if implants are right for you. Restore your smile with dental implants!