Teeth can fall out for many reasons. Injuries, gum disease and decay are just a few reasons you may have missing teeth. Fortunately, you have options when it comes to restoring your natural looking smile. At Shoreline Periodontics, our goal is to ensure that your mouth is healthy and we give you back your confidence with a smile you can be proud of. One option we offer is dental implants. While the final determination should be made after an appointment with your periodontist in Westerly, RI, we have a few guidelines to help you determine if you are a good candidate or not.
In order to be considered as a candidate for dental implants, you must have good general health. It’s also important that your mouth is healthy. If you have any existing medical conditions, concerns, or serious gum disease discuss your concerns with your periodontist before scheduling a procedure.
As teeth fall out, the root is no longer there to stimulate the jawbone. Over time, the bone may deteriorate which makes it difficult to place a dental implant. Good candidates for implants have adequate jawbone left to support the implant once it is placed. During the healing process, the surrounding tissue will connect to the implant and it will act as a natural root stimulating the bone.
Dental implants can last for decades if they are placed correctly and cared for regularly. Good candidates for implants must be committed to good oral hygiene, not just for the immediate future, but also for the long term. Like natural teeth, implants require brushing, flossing and seeing a dental health professional on a regular basis.
If you want to replace your missing teeth with natural-looking, healthy options, give us a call today to schedule an appointment with a professional to determine if you are a good candidate and if this is a good procedure for you.