Are Dental Implants Right for Me?

dental implant illustration demonstrating the procedure

If you’re considering dental implants, it’s important to know in advance how they work and why they might not be the right tooth replacement solution for everyone. In this post, we’ll fill you in, we’ll offer some alternatives that work wonders for people who can’t receive implants.

What Is an Implant?

A dental implant is a screw-like item, made of strong and safe titanium, that is inserted into the jaw bone in the area where the tooth is missing. After it’s inserted, the area is given time to heal, during which the implant itself fuses with the jaw bone. Once the healing is complete, the patient will go back to the dentist to have a custom-made false tooth attached to the implant, giving them a new tooth that looks and feels exactly like the real thing. Because of the way in which the implant fuses with the jaw bone, dental implants boast an incredibly sturdy, durable base.

Who Can’t Get a Dental Implant?

If you’re interested in a dental implant, your dentist will give your mouth a thorough exam to ensure that the procedure will be a success. Implants are very popular, and almost anyone can get one, but there are some circumstances that may make the dentist consider an alternate tooth replacement option. If the patient’s jaw bone is compromised, they may not be able to successfully house a dental implant. In some cases a bone graft can be done, in others a different tooth replacement method will be chosen. Additionally, patients with osteoporosis, certain chronic illnesses, and severe gum disease may be better suited to a different procedure. In addition to the overall condition of the mouth, budget is often a consideration when deciding whether or not to go for a dental implant.

Restorative Dentistry at Mint Dental Care

Here at Mint Dental Care, we offer tooth replacement options, including dental implants. If we decide that dental implants aren’t the way for you to go, we’ve got great alternatives to explore. When you come in for a consultation, we can weigh the benefits of implants, dentures, bridges, crowns, and more, and work with you to choose the solution that serves your unique needs.

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