If you are missing any teeth, you have a number of options available for replacing them. One of the more common choices that dentists recommend is dental implants. These are a permanent solution that requires surgical installation of post that is implanted into the jawbone. After you have this procedure done, the implant works and appears just like your other natural teeth. This can help to restore the appearance of your smile and maintain proper normal eating, drinking, and speaking habits that may have been affected by the loss of your tooth.
However, before you can receive dental implants, your dentist must ascertain whether or not you’re a good candidate for implants. A number of factors come into play when making that decision, your health is one of the most important determiners, as well as your age, and the number of teeth that need to be replaced. In some instances, if any of these factors fail to meet the standards of your dental professional, you may be a better candidate for dentures or a bridge instead of dental implants.
Temporary vs. Permanent Solution
Implants are often the preferred choice of patients and dentists alike for those situations where tooth replacement is best suited by a permanent solution. Since dentures and bridges are removable, they are considered temporary fixes as opposed to implants, which remain in the mouth permanently after surgery. While an implant may also need to replaced periodically, that will occur with far less frequency than temporary alternatives.
One of the most critical factors that goes into any decision as to when implants should be used is the state of your gum health. Your dentist will give you a full examination to determine the health of your gums as they are an essential component for proper healing and recovery from implant surgery. When your gums are healthy, they will maintain a sufficient grip around the post of the implant to keep it in place. This will also prevent any infections at the surgical site.
Good Bone Support
Another critical factor that can plays a role in when an implant can be the right choice for tooth replacement is bone support. Without enough bone to accommodate the placement of the implant, the procedure will not be successful. Your dentist will examine the bone mass near your missing tooth or teeth to determine whether or not the implant will take correctly. If you lack the proper bone mass, you may opt to have the jawbone reconstructed in order to support a dental implant.