Dental implants are a good option for nearly everyone who wants to replace missing teeth. Implants are a permanent restorative dentistry solution to close gaps and create beautiful-looking smiles. They are aesthetically pleasing, durable, and functional.
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Because implants require surgery, successful candidates should be in good health with healthy gums and adequate bone to support the implant. Implant dentistry patients must be committed to practicing careful dental hygiene and visiting their dentist regularly.
Determining Dental Implant Candidacy
Individuals interested in dental implants will be thoroughly examined by the dental implant specialist and should have a CT scan to check for the jawbone structure and density. If a patient does not have the adequate bone that is recommended for dental implant surgery, the dentist may choose to explore the option of a bone graft.
Bone grafting builds up the bone structure of the jawbone so that it can support the dental implant(s). This involves moving bone from one area of the body to enhance the jawbone structure. The bone usually comes from the actual implant patient; sometimes the dentist can gather bone from other areas of the mouth while performing the implant surgery. The bone can also come from other parts of the patient’s body, like the hip or leg. In some cases, doctors even use synthetic bone. The doctor will graft about four to eight months before the implant surgery, to allow the graft time to heal.
Those Who Are at Risk for Implant Complications
Individuals who might be at risk for dental implant complications are:
Find a Dental Implant Specialist in your Area
If you would like to be evaluated for dental implants, or if you have more questions about dental implant procedures and results, look through our directory of dental implant specialists in your area.