Dental implants are a natural looking way to replace missing teeth and restore the function of your smile, however they may not be the best tooth replacement option for everyone. Today our Surrey dentist explains who is a good candidate for dental implants.
Perhaps you're considering dental implants to replace your missing teeth. Dental implants can be a natural looking, permanent way to replace missing teeth and restore the appearance and function of your smile.
That said, dental implants may not be the best tooth replacement option for some of our patients. For dental implants to be a viable option, you must have a strong, healthy jawbone and gums to support dental implants.
Dental implants may not be for you if you have experienced bone loss due to a tooth abscess, or suffer from oral health problems such as gingivitis.
Bone grafting may be a way to strengthen the jawbone and make dental implants possible for you but the process can be long.
If you decide to have bone grafting, your surgeon will take a section of bone from a different part of your body, or use a special bone grafting material, and graft onto your existing jawbone. The grafting material helps to strengthen the jaw and form a stable base for the dental implants.
Bone grafting can take several months to heal before the dental implant process can get started.
Other tooth replacement options are available, such as a dental bridge or dentures, if dental implants aren't suitable for you. Speak to your dentist at Cloverdale Crossing to discuss which tooth replacement option is best for you.