Learn if you are a good candidate for dental implants from your Hingham dentist.
Are you interested in replacing a missing teeth with dental implants but aren't sure if they'll work for you? Dr. John Burns, your Hingham, MA dentist, explains how dentists determine which patients are good candidates for dental implants.
Your jawbone is strong and healthy
Dental implants are placed in your jawbone and gradually bond to the bone. When bonding is complete, your implant offers a secure foundation for the crown that will be attached to it. If your jawbone is too weak or thin, bonding may be unsuccessful.
If it's been awhile since you lost your tooth, the jawbone underneath may have begun to shrink and recede. In many cases, you can still have an implant if you have a bone graft to build up your jawbone first.
Your gums are healthy
Your gums help support your implant and must be healthy before you undergo the implant procedure. If you want an implant but have gum disease, you must be treated for the disease before you can proceed with your plans for an implant.
You're in good health
Some diseases, such as diabetes, can slow healing and make it more difficult for the implant to bond to your bone. Smoking and drinking can also affect the healing process. If you smoke or consume large amounts of alcohol, an implant may not be successful. People who are in excellent health are the best candidates for dental implants.
You don't clench or grind your teeth
Clenching and grinding exerts considerable force on your teeth. As you can imagine, this force can eventually damage the bone that surrounds your implant and cause it to become loose. If you're a grinder or a clencher, your dentist may recommend that you wear a nightguard to prevent damage to your implant or crown.
You have good oral hygiene habits
It's very important to maintain good oral hygiene habits even though your new tooth is artificial. If you fail to brush or floss thoroughly, you can develop an infection that may threaten the health of your implant.
Would you like to learn more about dental implants? Call Dr. Burns, your Hingham, MA, dentist, at (781) 749-6750 to schedule an appointment. Fill those annoying gaps in your smile with dental implants!