What to Know If You’re Thinking About Getting Dental Implants

Dental implants are just one way to replace teeth lost due to a sports accident, fall, periodontal disease, or other conditions. Many patients choose dental implants to feel more confident about their smile and improve their ability to chew. However, dental implants may not be the right solution for everyone.

Continue reading to see who would be a good candidate for dental implants at Surf City Dental.

Are You a Good Candidate for Dental Implants?

Understand the Criteria

First, it’s important to understand how dental implants are installed. Patients will have a metal post inserted in their jaw, which must heal properly before continuing the procedure. Once the post is healed, a replacement tooth or bridge is affixed to the post, where it will function just like your existing teeth.

Dental implants are a great choice for many individuals because they are strong, safe, and long-lasting. Additionally, they affect only the tooth being replaced and will not generally require alterations to surrounding teeth. If you meet the criteria below, implants may be a good option for you:

  • A strong, healthy jaw bone to support the artificial tooth root/metal post
  • Overall good health to reduce risks associated with surgery
  • No diabetes diagnosis or compromised immune system
  • Nonsmoker
  • Mature, developed bones (dental implants are not recommended for children)
  • A history of good oral hygiene and health

Comparing the Alternatives

If dental implants aren’t a good fit for you, additional options are available. Your dentist may suggest the following alternatives in place of dental implants:

  • Dentures — Dentures are ideal for patients missing a number of teeth. However, dentures are not as strong as dental implants and don’t provide the same length of use.
  • Crowns — Crowns attach to the existing, natural tooth root. They are a good choice when a tooth does not need to be removed, but they’re not as durable as implants.
  • Dental bridges — Unlike dental implants, bridges rely on the surrounding teeth for support. Bridges are an excellent option when nearby teeth have fillings or crowns, and they are often less expensive than implants.

What Else Should I Know?

Remember that dental implants require surgery, which is always accompanied by certain risks. Complications are rare, but patients should know they can occur. Implants may also require a lengthy recovery period, ranging from one month to as long as a year, especially if bone grafts are needed.

If you’re ready to learn more about dental implants and meet the Surf City team, contact us online or call 910-329-0298. We’ll schedule a personalized consultation and assess your needs to find the best solution for your smile. Our office is conveniently located in Surf City, North Carolina, near Hampstead.