December 30, 2016
You know dental implants are the gold standard in tooth replacement. Now the next question is, are they the best option for your smile? Many patients are good candidates for implant dentistry, but not everyone qualifies for the procedure. So what makes someone a good candidate for dental implants in Florham Park? Let’s take a closer look at your eligibility for implant dentistry.
Uses of Dental Implants
Dental implants are tiny titanium cylinders that are surgically placed beneath the gumline. Here, they act as prosthetic roots for the replacement teeth (a crown, bridge, or denture) that are affixed on top.
Dental implants can be used to replace any number of missing upper or lower teeth in the front or back of the mouth. Single tooth replacement is performed with one dental implant and a prosthetic crown. A full arch of missing teeth can be replaced with four to eight dental implants.
The benefits of dental implants are numerous. They include:
- Natural-looking tooth replacement
- Easier eating
- Freedom from denture creams
- Long-lasting investment
When dental health and hygiene are maintained, dental implants can be expected to last for the patient’s lifetime.
Dental Implant Candidates Have Good Oral, Overall Health
Patients should be healthy enough to undergo a surgical procedure to be considered for dental implants. Health conditions affecting the immune system, like uncontrolled diabetes, HIV/AIDS, and advanced-stage cancers impede healing and increase the risk of an unsuccessful recovery following the dental implant procedure. A non-implant supported replacement is usually the best option for people with weaker immune systems.
Your jawbone should be strong enough for successful anchoring of the dental implants. Because tooth loss causes the jawbone to weaken and deteriorate, patients who have lived with missing teeth for an extended period of time may not be in suitable oral health initially. Preparatory procedures like bone grafting, ridge expansion, and sinus lift are often recommended for building up the bone tissue in advance of dental implant placement. These procedures add time and expense to the overall treatment for dental implants, but bone augmentation significantly improves a patient’s candidacy for the comprehensive tooth replacement. Dr. Rynar provides bone grafting procedures from our state-of-the-art office.
People who smoke or use tobacco are less likely to have a successful recovery after dental implant placement. You and your doctor will discuss special considerations when determining your eligibility for dental implants.
Let’s Discuss Your Candidacy for Dental Implants!
Read all you want to about dental implants — the only way to know for sure whether or not you are a suitable candidate is to schedule an appointment with Dr. Rynar, your implant dentist in Florham Park. We’ll discuss your health, lifestyle, and smile goals to find the replacement that’s best for you. Request an appointment online today!
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