Archaeological evidence suggests that humans have been attempting to replace missing teeth for over two thousand years. Missing teeth can cause speech impediments, low bone dentistry in the jaw, and shifting teeth–not to mention the presence of an unattractive gap in the teeth. No wonder this has been a cumbersome issue for centuries.

Most early attempts involved trying to lash replacement teeth to living teeth with gold wire. Others attempted to actually implant replacement teeth made from bits of shell or iron bars, all with dubious effectiveness. Lucky for you, one of the leading procedures for replacing missing teeth has an incredibly high success rate.

Dental implants are an option that has been used for over fifty years and are considered both safe and affordable. It really comes down to, are they right for you?

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What Are Dental Implants?

dental implant is a popular oral procedure used for replacing missing teeth. Implants are surgically placed into the jawbone.

If you’re a good candidate for dental implants, they could be a worthwhile substitute for procedures such as bridges or partial dentures.

Why Dental Implants?

When you have extractions or your teeth fall out, the tooth root is no longer present within the jaw to support the bone. As a result, the bone may deteriorate. Dental implants provide a reliable replacement for lost teeth while also protecting your jaw. Using artificial tooth roots made of biocompatible metal titanium, dental implants mimic natural tooth roots and deter bone loss.

Implants can also prevent teeth from shifting which helps to avoid bite problems later. Implants function the same as regular teeth which means cleaning and care remain the same. You can also keep eating all the foods you enjoyed with natural teeth!

Are Dental Implants Right For Me?

There are three main categories we will evaluate to determine if you’re a good candidate for dental implants.

1. Oral Health

Before placing an implant, we will investigate issues such as periodontal disease, which can severely inhibit the success rate of dental implants. Other factors include the health of your jawbone. X-rays may be taken to help create an overall picture, but before we place your implants we will use a CT scan to get a 3D image of your bone density. Your jaw needs enough bone in order to hold the implants in place. If you lack bone, we might be able to use special implant placement techniques to help you qualify for implants. Otherwise, a bone graft might be necessary.

If your oral health is not up to standard, we will need to help your mouth return to full health. Otherwise, your implants are at risk for failure.

2. Patient Habits

According to prevalent research, smoking can negatively affect the long-term success of dental implants. Not only can it impair proper healing, but it may also have a harmful effect on bone density. Certain habits increase your risk of gum disease. Other habits such as teeth grinding can weaken and crack teeth. If you’re prone to these habits, it’s important to take care of them before you get implant surgery. For example, you might clench or grind your teeth because you have TMJ. We can incorporate TMJ treatment into your implant surgery to enhance the outcome of your dental implant surgery.

3. Overall Health

A dental implant patient must be healthy enough to undergo surgery. Any untreated conditions which may complicate the procedure might disqualify you. A patient’s medication could also interfere with healing or the implant procedure. For example, cancer drugs or medications used to prevent blood clotting would be of concern.

To find out if you have any conditions that could interfere with the healing of your dental implants, Dr. Green or Dr. Van Tassell will ask you a series of questions during your consultation.

What If I’m Not a Good Candidate for Dental Implants?

If you visit us for a dental implants consultation in Wichita Falls and our doctors tell you that you’re not a good candidate for dental implants, they will offer you alternative options. For instance, you might not be a good candidate initially, but there are treatments available that could help you qualify, like a bone graft or periodontal treatment. You might also need to break certain habits, like smoking, to qualify.

If there are absolutely no lifestyle changes or procedures that could make you eligible for dental implants, our doctors will recommend a different tooth replacement option. We offer a lot of different options for dentures and dental bridges that can provide you with beautiful results.

Book a Consultation for Dental Implants in Wichita Falls

Regardless of the amount of research you’ve done, the best means for determining if you’re a good candidate for dental implants is scheduling an appointment.
Please call 940-322-2252 today for an appointment with a cosmetic dentist at StarImage Dentistry in Wichita Falls.