Are You a Dental Implant Candidate?
At Edge Dental, we offer dental implants to replace your missing teeth. Dental implants are a modern alternative to bridges and dentures. Dental implants use small titanium posts that are designed to support ceramic crowns. The posts are surgically implanted into the jawbone and slowly integrated into the jaw as you heal. The bone fuses to the implants, turning them into stable roots in your mouth. After you have fully healed, the crowns are screwed in place on top, leaving you with a sturdy, immovable set of new teeth. Implants are a unique treatment with numerous benefits over traditional treatments. One of the greatest advantages that implants provide is the preservation of your jawbone. They function as the roots of your teeth, stimulating the bone to keep it strong and healthy. Dental implants are a highly versatile treatment that can be customized to meet some different needs. However, how do you know that they are right for you?
You are Missing Teeth
One of the most basic qualifications for dental implants is that you are missing teeth. Dental implants are designed specifically to replace teeth. They can be used whether you are losing a single tooth, or you are missing all of your teeth. Implants are a versatile treatment that can be used to treat a variety of different needs. Implants may also be discussed if you currently have all of your teeth, but you are scheduled to undergo an extraction.
Overall Health Concerns
To undergo implant surgery, you need to be in good overall health. Many different types of health conditions can lead to complications during surgery and slow your healing process. Both of these can lead to an increased risk of infection or implant failure. Any oral health issues, such as gum disease, need to be treated before you can receive treatment. Chronic health conditions need to be well managed. This includes conditions such as high blood pressure and diabetes. If they are not well-managed, either you will need to get them under control or another option will need to be considered.
What if You Smoke?
Smoking, and other tobacco products, both affect the ability of your body to heal. Smoking limits the amount of oxygen in your blood, and it slows the flow of your blood. The delivery of essential nutrients necessary for healing is significantly slowed, which can delay your healing. On top of these issues, the act of smoking can dislodge clots in your gums, leaving the tissue open to infection.
The Importance of Your Jawbone Health
Dental implants need sufficient bone mass to integrate into the jaw properly. Without enough bone mass, the implants may be loose or fail to integrate at all. Bone loss begins shortly after you lose your teeth, and continues gradually. The jaw loses height, width, and mass. The longer you wait, the harder it is to qualify for dental implants. However, just because you have lost bone mass, this does not mean you are not eligible. Depending upon your circumstances, you may need a bone graft, which is a surgical procedure designed to restore missing bone mass. If you are missing an entire arch of teeth, you may be a candidate for All-on-4, which allows you to enjoy the benefits of implants without first requiring a bone graft.
Can You Be Too Old for Dental Implants?
So many older patients think that they are too old for dental implants. The truth, however, is that you are never too old. As long as you meet other qualifications, implants can be an ideal solution no matter how old you are. Whether you are in your 30s or your 80s, the benefits that implants offer are all the same.
Dental implants may be a more recent treatment for replacing missing teeth, but it has quickly become the most popular choice. Call Edge Dental today to schedule your consultation and find out if you are a candidate for dental implants at (281) 940-6960.
General and Cosmetic Dentistry
From crowns and bridges to periodontal care and extractions, Justin Lai, DDS offers a wide range of general and cosmetic dental treatments. If you have a dental concern, Dr. Lai will have a solution.
Edge Dental is equipped with digital x-rays, intra-oral cameras and 3-dimensional cone beam imaging to gain the best possible information about patient dental health. This enables Dr. Lai to view teeth, gum tissue and surrounding bone structures in high resolution from all angles. Based on findings, treatment plans are designed to optimize oral health with minimally invasive procedures.
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