Am I a Candidate for Dental Implants?
Roslyn Heights & Manhattan NY
Your teeth perform many important functions every day. In addition to biting and chewing, they provide you with a beautiful smile and structure for your face. They also play an important role in the health of your jawbone when you lose teeth, whether a single tooth or an entire arch, all of these functions are affected. Dental implants are a unique, highly popular treatment for replacing missing teeth. They provide you with many benefits, including preserving the integrity of your jawbone. If you are interested in dental implants for replacing your missing teeth, Edward I. Jutkowitz, D.M.D., P.C. - Periodontics and Implantology can help to determine if you are a candidate.
You Are Missing Teeth
Dental implants are a treatment for replacing missing teeth. It is a unique treatment, involving the surgical implantation of small titanium posts into your jawbone. Your bone fuses to the posts, integrating them into your jaw to turn them into secure replacement roots that provide support for your replacement teeth. Implants are incredibly versatile and can replace a single missing tooth in your mouth to an entire arch of missing teeth.
You Are in Good Health
Placing dental implants requires surgery. To be considered a candidate for surgery, you need to be in good overall health. During your initial consultation, we go over your medical history and discuss any medications you are currently taking. Certain conditions and medications may affect your candidacy. Some conditions, such as diabetes and heart disease, need to be well controlled to undergo surgery. Certain dental conditions, such as cavities and gum disease, require treatment first.
You Do Not Smoke or Drink
Smoking and alcohol do not disqualify you from surgery, but it is highly recommended that you quit. Excessive alcohol consumption can affect blood clotting. If your blood cannot properly clot, you may be faced with bleeding issues. Smoking and other tobacco products limit oxygen in your blood and slow blood flow. They also impede your immune system, making it more difficult for your body to effectively fight off infections.
Your Jawbone Is Strong Enough
While dental implants help to stop and prevent bone loss in your jaw, a benefit that no other tooth replacement solution can offer, you need to have enough bone mass in your jaw for successful implant placement. Without enough bone mass, your jaw may not be able to fuse properly. If your jawbone is too weak during your initial consultation, this does not mean you are limited to dentures or a bridge. A bone graft surgery can be performed to restore missing bone mass in your jaw, which can give your jaw back its strength and increase the success rate of dental implants. If you are missing an entire arch of teeth, you may also be a candidate for the All on 4 treatment concept, which uses only 4 implant posts and helps you to avoid the need for bone grafting.
You Are Never Too Old for Implants
Many older patients mistakenly think they are too old for implants. You are never too old. As long as your jawbone is strong enough and you are in good health, dental implants can provide you with a great solution to tooth loss no matter if you are in your mid-40s or your mid-70s.
Dental implants are a very successful, highly popular treatment for replacing missing teeth that provide many benefits over traditional treatments. For more information, and to find out if dental implants are right for you, call Edward I. Jutkowitz, D.M.D., P.C. - Periodontics and Implantology at (516) 740-1848 to schedule your consultation today.