Dental Implant Candidates: Understanding Which Treatment is Right for You

Older attractive woman posing before marble wallMissing teeth can have a significant impact on your ability to eat, speak, and smile confidently. Dental implants are titanium posts that are surgically implanted in the jaw, where they create a stable foundation for crowns, bridges, and dentures. Thanks to the many benefits of dental implants, more and more patients are choosing this long-term tooth replacement solution. Dr. David Redford works closely with dental implant candidates at his Denver, CO, practice to develop effective and individualized treatment plans that address each patient’s unique concerns. To learn more about your candidacy for dental implants, contact us today and schedule your consultation with Dr. Redford.

Why Choose Dental Implants?

In the months following your surgery, your implants will fuse with the jawbone in a process called osseointegration. Once healing is complete, your restorations can be permanently attached to the top of the implants.

Since the posts are firmly rooted in the bone, dental implants offer a superior level of support for restorations. With implants, patients do not need to worry that their restoration will slip out of place while they speak, laugh, and eat. Another major advantage implants offer is their ability to maintain a dense, strong jaw. When a tooth root is missing for an extended period of time, the surrounding jawbone will begin to deteriorate. By serving the function of a tooth root, dental implants effectively stop the absorption process. This not only avoids the aged look that results from sunken cheeks and puckered lips, it also guards against further tooth loss.

Candidacy Considerations

To determine whether you are eligible for dental implants, Dr. Redford will review several factors. Suitable candidates should be in good dental health, and have a mouth free of gum disease or tooth decay. A patient’s overall health should also be thoroughly evaluated. Your primary care provider will need to rule out conditions that could put you at higher risk during surgery, such as heart disease, autoimmune disorders, and uncontrolled diabetes. Smokers will need to refrain from using tobacco during the weeks before and after surgery, since smoking can compromise the healing process. Because adequate bone structure is required to support implants, your jawbone density is a major factor in determining your candidacy. Insufficient jawbone density may be a concern for patients who have been missing teeth for an extended period of time. 

Improving Your Eligibility

If the quality and quantity of your bone at the treatment site is not sufficient, you can improve your candidacy by undergoing a bone graft. This surgical procedure transfers bone tissue to your jaw from another area of your body, or from a donor source. Following a few months of healing, a bone graft can typically ensure your jaw is strong enough to accommodate dental implants.

Contact Us Today

Dr. Redford has been rejuvenating smiles for over twenty years. With his expertise and supervision, dental implants can provide you with a lifetime of reliable support for your restorations. To find out if you are a good candidate for dental implants, schedule your consultation with Dr. Redford today.

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