Am I a Candidate for Dental Implants?
Many options exist to replace missing teeth but only one – dental implants – provides the feel, function and appearance of natural teeth. Usually made of titanium, a dental implant replaces the root of the missing tooth root and provides a strong and sturdy foundation for one or more replacement teeth or crowns. Most people are good candidates for dental implants.
A good candidate for dental implants should have the following:
- Healthy gums
- Enough bone to anchor the implants in the jaw. Patients who have bone loss can still get implants. First the bone must be rebuilt, using bone grafting and ridge augmentation procedures.
- A commitment to your overall dental and medical health – daily brushing and flossing are essential. Regular follow-up appointments are also important.
Take the “Am I Right For A Dental Implant” Self-Test:
If you answered “yes” to one or more of these questions, dental implants might be an option for you.