The traditional solutions to missing teeth (bridges, dentures, and crowns) lose their effectiveness over time, are difficult to maintain, and have negative consequences to your overall oral health. Implants offer a fantastic, natural-feeling alternative that restores your normal abilities. Implants provide the flexibility to replace one, a few, or many teeth, allowing your doctor to tailor your treatment to your mouth’s specific needs.
If you are interested in dental implants, schedule a consultation. Your doctor will evaluate your mouth and replacement needs to determine the most appropriate implant procedure. Implants are a viable option for most patients, having been successfully placed in patients with conditions such as diabetes, cancer, and heart disease.
Patients with the following pre-existing conditions and health risks should discuss these with their doctor during their implant consultation:
- Existing dental work: Implants can often improve or even replace existing dental work for a more effective and complete treatment.
- Bone loss: Depending on how long your teeth have been missing, a certainly degree of bone loss will have occurred. Bone grafting may be required to rebuild the bone for successful implant placement
- Existing medical condition: You should discuss any existing medical conditions and medications with your doctor. Generally, if you are healthy enough for regular dental work, you should be equally as fit for implants.
- Gum disease: If untreated, gum disease can impact the success of dental implants. Moderate to severe gum disease may need to be treated separately before implantation.
- Smoking: Smoking can limit the success of your dental implants as well as cause overall risks to your oral health. Discuss your smoking habits with your doctor.