For many people dental implants can be an ideal way to replace missing teeth, however they do require surgery and may not be the best tooth replacement option for you. So who is a good candidate for dental implants? Our Surry dentists explain...
At Clover Hills Dental in Surrey, our dentists offer dental implants to replace missing teeth and give patients a great looking smile. Dental implants can offer patients a permanent solution to their missing teeth, and can have number of advantages over other tooth replacement options. That said, implants are surgically placed in the jaw and that can mean that they are not the best tooth replacement solution for everyone. So how do you know if dental implants are right for you?
Am I a good candidate for dental implants?
To be a good candidate for dental implants you should have healthy gums and a strong, healthy jaw bone. Dental implants may not be the best tooth replacement option for you if you have oral health problems such as gingivitis, or have experienced bone deterioration due to missing teeth or tooth abscess.
Why do I need a bone graft?
If you have experienced bone deterioration, dental implants could still be an option but you may first require a bone graft to help strengthen your jaw. Bone grafts help to make the jawbone strong enough to support implants, but do take a number of weeks to heal following the procedure. Dental implants cannot be placed until your jaw is completely healed following your bone graft.
How is a bone graft done?
To perform a bone graft your dental surgeon will take a section of bone from a different part of your body, (or use a special bone grafting material), and graft it onto your jawbone in the area where the dental implant will go. Bone grafting helps to strengthen the jaw and form a stable base to hold your dental implants.
Are there other tooth replacement options?
If you have experienced significant bone loss or deterioration and would like to replace your missing teeth without undergoing a bone graft, speak to your dentist about other tooth replacement options such as a dental bridge or dentures which can help to restore the appearance and function of your smile without the need for a bone graft or implant surgery.
It's important to replace missing teeth in order to keep your mouth healthy. Speak to your dentist if you are interested in learning more about suitable tooth replacement options for you. Your dentist will be able to recommend the most appropriate tooth replacement option for your smile.