January 8, 2018

If you’re missing one or more teeth, you’ve probably heard about the benefits of dental implants. Implants provide long-term dental function and look like natural teeth. They also stimulate the jaw bone and minimize unnecessary bone loss in the area beneath the missing tooth. In order to experience the full benefits implants have to offer, it’s important to have them placed by Dr. Heather Richardson, a periodontist.

Like dentists, periodontists must complete dental school. However, they also receive three additional years of intense training. During this time, they learn more about the biology of the mouth and become adept at performing oral surgery for optimal long-term results. As a result of their additional training, periodontists are highly skilled at performing a variety of surgical procedures, including dental implant placement.

Are You a Good Candidate?

The best way to find out if you’re a good candidate for dental implants is by consulting with your periodontist. However, here are a few clues you may qualify for the procedure:

  • You have generally healthy gums
  • You practice good oral hygiene
  • You have sufficient bone density to support one or more implants
  • You don’t have a disease that affects your ability to heal from surgical procedures
  • You have not been treated for oral cancer with biophosphate medications

If you have gum disease or low bone density, you may not qualify for implants. In some cases, bone grafting may be recommended to build up your bone tissue up so it can support an implant.

Cost Factors

Implants are typically more expensive than other tooth replacement options, but they are also more durable and provide long-term results. The cost of your implant placement procedure depends on a variety of things, including how many teeth you are replacing, where the implants will be located in the mouth and what type of implant material is used.

Call Today

If you’re interested in getting dental implants, there’s no better time to find out if you qualify for the procedure than now. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Heather Richardson, call her office in Centennial, CO today!



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