Many Patients with Missing Teeth are Dental Implants Candidates
Non-smokers with sufficient jaw bone tissue who wish to replace missing teeth are usually excellent dental implants candidates. Dr. Stephen E. Rogers and his Long Island, NY, team can conduct a thorough examination to determine if this advanced treatment is right for you. Thanks to bone grafting and other advanced procedures, many patients who have experienced some degree of jaw atrophy can become dental implants candidates. Contact Greater Long Island Dental to learn more about dental implants and find out if they are right for you.
Dental implants candidates should be in generally good oral and physical health. When performed by an excellent surgeon, implant surgery is very safe, and can provide a lifetime of important benefits. However, if you have a compromised immune system, a blood disorder, or related condition, you may not be a candidate. Meanwhile, candidates should be free of periodontal (gum) disease, and any remaining teeth should be free of decay.
The Importance of a Healthy Jawbone
Implants replace lost tooth roots and become permanently fused to the bone to provide incredible support for restorations. Therefore, patients must have enough healthy bone tissue to provide a stable foundation for the posts. In the absence of tooth roots, the jaw will begin to atrophy, or shrink, as the body begins resorbing bone tissue. This change in the size and shape of the jaw is a reason why traditional dentures must often be relined to improve the fit. It is important to note that implants are the only restorative treatment that can halt bone atrophy.
If you have waited a long time to address missing teeth, you may have experienced some bone atrophy, and this can affect your candidacy for implants. Our dentists will use advanced digital imaging to examine your jawbone and look for signs of bone recession. Fortunately, even if you have experienced bone atrophy, a grafting procedure can restore your candidacy for implants. Your oral surgeon will place a small portion of donor tissue in the receded area to replace lost tissue. Your jaw and the graft will become fused, forming a stable base for your implants. When you have fully recovered, your surgeon can move forward with dental implant placement.
Nicotine and Dental Implants
Dental implants are considered the very best way to replace missing teeth because they become integrated with the jaw, providing the ultimate anchor for crowns, bridges, and dentures. The fusion process is called osseointegration, and it can be severely compromised by the presence of nicotine in your system. Nicotine impedes the delivery of oxygen to areas of the body that are trying to heal, and this can reduce the likelihood of a successful implant surgery. If you are a smoker considering dental implants, it is advisable to quit the habit as soon as possible to reinstate your candidacy for this procedure.
Find Out If You Are a Candidate for Implants
If you are suffering with missing teeth, dental implants can restore your confidence and your quality of life. Contact our office today to schedule a consultation and find out if implants are right for you.
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