Dental implants are commonly used to replace missing teeth. They are popular because they offer many benefits, including improved appearance, convenience and long-term reliability. However, despite these benefits, implants may not be the ideal solution for everyone. Here is some information that may help you decide whether or not implants are right for you.
If you have low bone density in your jaw, you may not be a good candidate for dental implants. Not sure if you have low jaw bone density? Consult with your dentist. Dr. Robert Steadman can perform dental scans to find out more about your jaw bone health. If you have been missing teeth for a long time, you have a greater chance of bone degradation. The bone in the jaw needs regular stimulation from tooth roots in order to maintain its density. Once the tooth roots are gone due to tooth loss, the bone starts to degrade.
Fortunately, you may be able to receive implants even if you don’t have optimal jaw bone density. In some cases, bone can be grafted into the weakened area to build it up. Bone grafting is a fairly common procedure that can potentially help you become a good candidate for implants. A soft tissue graft can also be performed if there is not sufficient gum tissue in the area to support an implant.
If you have poor oral hygiene, you may not be a good candidate for implants. Although implants are not natural teeth, they need to be cared for just like real teeth. If you want your implants to last, you need to floss every day, brush at least twice daily and visit your dentist for cleanings and checkups every six months.
To find out more about dental implants in Richmond, VA and learn whether or not you’re a good candidate, contact Steadman Family Dentistry today. We’ll schedule your appointment with Dr. Steadman and answer any preliminary questions you may have about dental implant placement.