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Am I a Candidate for Implants?


Diagram of a single dental implantCan’t smile because of a missing tooth? Want to bring back the pearly, white smile and boost your confidence? Dental implants are becoming more popular for restoring the beauty of an oral cavity tainted by missing teeth. They are ideal for patients who are missing one or more teeth. There are two main types of dental implants, endosteal and subperiosteal. Endosteal is a dental implant that is surgically placed in the jawbone, while subperiosteal is an implant placed beneath the gum tissue, on top of the jaw.

The Benefits Of Dental Implants


Dental implants are better than fixed bridges because they tend to last longer than bridges and require less work to maintain. People chose dental implants for many reasons, and several factors go into picking which one is right for you, such as cost and convenience.

Dental implants look and feel like real teeth compared to false teeth or dentures. Implants are more comfortable, especially when chewing or eating. Dental implants are more convenient than removable dentures. There is no need to embarrassingly take off the dentures when you are about to sleep. With dentures, the simple acts of smiling and talking can cause your jaw to move and contort. Implants solve this problem.

Implants can also improve speech, since poorly fitted false teeth can slip from the mouth and cause your words to slur or mumble. Dental implants are fixed in the jawbone, eliminating the possibility of slipping. Dentures and bridges are designed to last anywhere from 5 to 7 years, with extremely good care, sometimes 10. Dental implants, on the other hand, can last upwards of 25 years. The success rate of dental implants is 98 percent, assuming patients follow the required aftercare and instructions we provide them with.

What Determines If You Are A Good Candidate for Dental Implants


Although dental implants are an effective oral care solution, not everybody can go ahead and get the procedure done. You must be a good candidate for dental implants. There are several factors that make someone a good candidate for dental implants.

The first is healthy gums. This is important because dental implants are held securely in place by the bone and gum tissue. Patients must have no gum disease or periodontal disease. Second is good bone density. Sufficient bone is needed to provide support to the implant. Third, is good oral health. Candidates for dental implants must have a healthy and well-cared-for mouth. Fourth is patience. This virtue is important because dental implants usually take a long time to heal, sometimes, as long as six months. It takes roughly six months to a year to complete the entire process, sometimes longer. Lastly, are you a smoker? Research has proven that smoking weakens bone strength and causes it to fracture easily. People who smoke are usually not good candidates for dental implants.

Still not sure if you would be considered a good candidate for dental implants? Contact Oral Surgery Specialists of Austin today at (512) 351-7653 to schedule an appointment for a consultation and see if dental implants are right for you.

ORAL SURGERY SPECIALISTS OF AUSTIN

Derrick Flint, MD, DDS | Matthew Largent, MD, DDS


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