Am I a Candidate for a Dental Implant?

Tooth loss is common, with about 180 million Americans missing at least one tooth. About 40 million of them have no natural teeth at all. The spaces left behind can cause a range of oral health issues, from tooth decay to problems with the mechanics of biting, chewing, and talking. 

Dental implants are now the go-to solution for tooth loss, improving upon conventional dentures and dental bridges, with a system that replaces an entire tooth, not just the visible, above-the-gumline, portion. 

Not every dental practice specializes in dental implants. For your most permanent solution, look to the experts at Loudon Family and Cosmetic Dentistry. They can advise if there’s an implant solution that’s right for you. 

The dental implant system

Dental implants permanently replace missing teeth with a system that looks, feels, and functions the same way your natural teeth do. The implant attaches securely to your jawbone and can last 25 years or more with proper care. 

An implant system has three parts:

Because the titanium post is inserted into your jawbone, dental implants promote bone growth to protect against breakdown of the bone, an interaction that conventional dentures can’t provide. 

Next best to natural teeth

The root/tooth interaction is essential to a healthy mouth. It preserves your bite and facial appearance as well as restoring your smile. Other ways dental implants can improve oral health include: 

Caring for your implants requires no special attention beyond daily brushing and flossing, along with regular visits to the dentist. 

When are dental implants the best choice?

While implants are the best tooth replacement solution, there are some patients who may not be good candidates for the system. Your chances for a successful implant procedure improve if you:

Dental implants aren’t appropriate for smokers. Tobacco use can delay healing and impair the success of your implants. Patients with chronic conditions including diabetes and high blood pressure can usually be accommodated, but it’s important that your dentist is aware of these issues at the consultation stage. 

Low bone density

While you need sufficient bone strength to support the titanium post for your dental implants, you may still have implant options with the addition of bone grafting. This minimally invasive procedure adds mass to your jawbone to support the titanium post. 

Are you a candidate?

Chances are good that you’re a candidate for dental implants to replace missing teeth. The evaluation process starts when you contact Loudoun Family and Cosmetic Dentistry to arrange your initial consultation. Your dentist will assess gum condition and bone condition and advise you of your implant options. 

Call the Leesburg, Virginia, office directly, or request an appointment using the online links. The road back to a healthy, happy smile starts here. Book now. 

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