Whether from dental decay, gum disease, or injury, missing a tooth is very common. In fact, it’s estimated that nearly 180 million Americans are missing at least one tooth and 40 million are missing all of their natural teeth. Missing even one tooth can impact your dental health.
The experienced dental team at Couture Smiles Dental Group in Woodland Hills, California, offers a wide array of dental services for the entire family. We offer various options for replacing missing teeth, including dental implants.
For many, dental implants offer an ideal solution for replacing missing teeth. Visiting a dental specialist is the best way to find out if you’re a good candidate for dental implants. We’ve compiled some information to help you determine if you’re a good candidate for dental implants.
Dental implants overview
Dental implants are a permanent replacement for missing teeth that look, feel, and function like your natural teeth. The implant is attached securely to your jawbone and, when taken care of properly, can last more than 25 years.
An implant consists of three parts:
- A titanium post that acts as a prosthetic tooth root
- An abutment that links the post to the crown
- A crown that serves as the prosthetic tooth
Because the titanium post is inserted into your jawbone, dental implants promote bone growth to protect against breakdown of the bone.
Advantages of dental implants
Dental implants are the next best thing to your natural teeth. They preserve your bite and facial appearance and restore your smile. Other ways dental implants improve your health include:
- Boosting your self-confidence
- Restoring dental function
- Enabling clearer speech
When dental implants might be right for you
Although there are many benefits associated with dental implants, they aren’t ideal for every patient. If dental implants aren’t appropriate for you, we’ll find the best solution for your unique situation.
To be considered a good candidate for dental implants, you should:
- Have healthy gums
- Have good jawbone density
- Be in overall good health
- Be willing to commit to the recovery
Dental implants aren’t appropriate for smokers. Smoking can delay healing and impair the success of your implants.
It’s also important for you to tell us if you have any health conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes, or immune-related conditions. Rest assured that dental implant surgery is safe for most people.
What if you’ve lost some bone?
You must have enough healthy jawbone to support the titanium post for your dental implants. We’ll check your jawbone to ensure that you’re a good candidate for dental implants.
If you’ve lost some bone, you may still have options like bone grafting. This minimally invasive procedure adds mass to your jawbone to support the titanium post.
Are dental implants the best choice for you?
Most people are good candidates for dental implants to replace one or more missing teeth. Our team performs a thorough evaluation of your jaw, teeth, and mouth, as well as your overall health, to determine your candidacy.
Dental implants have an overall high rate of success and patient satisfaction. Our goal is to help you achieve the best outcome.
To schedule a consultation for dental implants or any other dental care needs, contact our office by phone or online today and take the first step to restoring your beautiful smile.