Understanding Your Candidacy for Dental Implants
When you lose a tooth or undergo an extraction, there are a number of oral health issues that you may face. Missing teeth can lead to shifting and loosening of the surrounding teeth, or even atrophy of the jaw. Fortunately, dental implants can allow you to avoid these problems, while restoring the balance of your bite and the beauty of your smile.
Surgically embedded in the jaw bone, dental implants are titanium posts that act as tooth roots and offer the absolute best support for your prosthetic teeth. The team at Dental Associates of New England is proud to offer dental implants and a wide range of services that can improve our patients’ candidacy for dental implants. At our offices in Boston and Waltham, we can use state-of-the-art technology to evaluate your jaw bone health, and if needed, perform bone grafting procedures that can strengthen the treatment site before your dental implant placement. If you are interested in learning more about your candidacy for this popular restorative procedure, schedule a consultation with us today.
Our in-office periodontist can help evaluate the health of the gum and jawbone to determine whether dental implants are a good fit for you.
Assessing Your Eligibility
Dental implants may be recommended for patients who need a permanent solution for a lost tooth, or number of teeth, and want a treatment option that will ensure their prosthetic teeth will not slip out of place while they eat, speak, and laugh. With dental implants, patients can go about their daily life, without worrying about the appearance and functionality of their dental work.
Many people with missing teeth are eligible for dental implants. We can help determine your candidacy by first using advanced technology, like our ORTHOPHOS XG 3D advanced imaging x-ray, to evaluate your jaw, and by discussing your dental and aesthetic goals and needs with you during a consult.
Since dental implants are inserted into the jaw bone, patients should have a sufficient bone quality and quantity to successfully support the implant post. Unfortunately, when a tooth has been lost, the surrounding bone begins to be resorbed by the body. As a result, the jaw may be softer or altogether smaller than it used to be. Some patients with weakened jaws may not make good candidates and might choose other treatments, such as traditional bridges or dentures, for their benefits. Good dental implant candidates should also be comfortable with wearing temporary prostheses, often for a number of months, while the implant heals, and before it is ready to support your permanent restoration.
Improving Your Candidacy for Dental Implants
If you do not have not enough jaw bone density, the team at Dental Associates of New England can improve your chances of becoming a good candidate for dental implants by performing a number of surgical procedures. For patients who suffer from low bone density, we can perform a bone graft to strengthen and fortify your jaw. In fact, with our surgical expertise, the vast majority of our patients are eligible for dental implants.
Learn More During a Consultation
We genuinely want to help each of our patients achieve optimal oral health and a beautiful smile. By combining advanced technologies with the skills of our highly trained staff, we can make dental implants a viable treatment option for nearly any of our patients. To learn more about your candidacy for dental implants, contact us today and set up a consultation with our friendly staff.