WHY DENTAL IMPLANTS?
If you have any teeth missing, or are expecting to in the future, it is important to consider tooth replacement options. When a tooth is missing, the surrounding teeth move, which may affect the way you bite.
There is also the factor of having an extra tooth for chewing, as well as an aesthetic factor if the missing tooth is noticeable.
AM I AN APPROPRIATE CANDIDATE FOR DENTAL IMPLANTS?
Certain factors can impact dental implants and their efficiency. This means you must determine whether you are a suitable candidate for implants before beginning any treatment. Factors that affect your suitability may include:
- Gum Health– This is an integral factor to determine how successful an implant may be. If you have gum disease this must be treated before considering implants
- Bone Density– similar to the health of your gums, bone density plays an important role in implant success. There needs to be a sufficient amount of bone in order to support the implant
- General Oral Health– Overall, the healthier your mouth is, the better suited you will be for dental implants. Oral health issues may complicate the life of dental implants and you must endeavour to keep up with active maintenance appointments.
- Medical History– Certain conditions may affect the body’s ability to heal, which may complicate the dental implant procedure. It is important that your dentist is aware of any health issues you may have so that they will be able to assess any risks that could be involved with your circumstances
AM I THE RIGHT AGE FOR DENTAL IMPLANTS?
For adults, age may have an effect on some of the factors previously discussed, such as gum and bone health. Although this does not mean that the older you are, the less suitable you are. The best way to determine your suitability is to book in for a consultation.
WHAT DO I DO NEXT?
Even if you think you may be unsuitable for dental implants, be sure to speak to one of our Dentists regardless. They will be able to give you the correct advice, or alternative treatment options that suit you.
If you are looking for options on tooth replacement, dental implants may be an option for you. To find out if this procedure is suitable for you, call us for more information.