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Considering Dental Implants?

February 9, 2020

Considering Dental Implants?

If you loss a tooth and considering dental implants, there are a few things you need to keep in mind. A dental implant is an artificial tooth that is physically place into your jaw to hold a tooth or bridge. Dental implants are more expensive than other tooth replacement options like dentures and bridges, implants provide the most durability, last longer, and require very little lifestyle changes compare to dentures. Dental implant is a very attractive option to replace a missing tooth, but not all patients are a good candidate for dental implants. For a dental implant to be successful, a patient’s oral health must be in good condition before dental implants can be perform. Dental implants can cost a few $1,000 upwards to $60,000 for a full mouth replacement. Because of the cost and health condition of a patient, dental implants might not be suitable for everyone. To determine if you are a candidate for implants, seek the advice of a qualified dental professional with training in implants, crowns, or oral surgery.

Are You an Implant Candidate?

Dental implants are strong and more durable than crowns, bridges, and dentures. Implants offer a more permanent solution to tooth loss. Implants are cavity resistant and are good choice to replace missing teeth to restore function and look aesthetically pleasing. For these good reasons to get dental implants, then how do you know if you are a good candidate? Before considering dental implant, you should consult with your dentist first to determine if your oral health can support an implant. If you are visiting a dental clinic not specialize in dental implant, they can refer you to a dental surgeon who specialize in implants. Dental implant is a specialize oral surgery that requires highly trained dentist to perform.

To determine if you are a good candidate, the dentist will examine your teeth, gums, and bone density and quantity. This first evaluation will determine if an implant can be successfully perform or additional treatment is needed before proceeding with an implant. The dentist will use X-rays and cone beam computed tomography (CBCT) to ensure there is enough bone structure to place an implant. It is vitally important that there is healthy bone structure since the implant is placed on the jaw. X-rays and CBCT will take exact measurement of the jaws and surrounding teeth to help aid placement of the implant. Based on the condition of your oral tissue and bone structure, your dentist may recommend dental implant or additional therapy. Your dentist may advise you on the most appropriate treatment if any additional therapy is required. The additional therapy may involve bone or tissue graft to build the bone or tissue health to support the implant. Dental implants are expensive and can take a few months to a year time to complete treatment. For this reason, your dentist will take appropriate measure to ensure that the procedure will be successful because implants can fail.

If you are considering dental implants, call California Dental Group at (800) 407-0161 for a consultation if you are a good candidate for dental implants.

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