Are Dental Implants Right for You?

If you are missing a single tooth, multiple teeth, or all of your teeth, dental implants may be an option for you through the talented staff at Laurelhurst Dentistry.

Prior to dental implants, patients who were missing a single or a few teeth had only two options for tooth replacement.  One option was a removable retainer with false teeth attached to the areas where needed.

The other option was to get a dental bridge.  A bridge requires placing crowns over the teeth on either side of the missing tooth and a false tooth is connected in the middle.  A bridge is not removed from the mouth once cemented.  Bridges do require significant removal of tooth structure from the teeth on either side of the missing tooth.  They also require more effort with brushing and flossing to keep them clean and prevent decay.

Advantages to Dental Implants

Dental implants placed at Laurelhurst Dentistry are designed to look, act, and feel like natural teeth.  They are placed into the bone, and are not attached to other teeth in your mouth.  They are maintained by daily brushing and flossing, like natural teeth.

Dental implants are also beneficial to individuals wearing dentures.  Often, two to four dental implants can be placed into the bone which then attach directly to a patient’s denture.  This secures the denture firmly into place for improved comfort and function.  It also stimulates the jaw bone to help prevent bone loss, a common problem once teeth are removed.

An Evaluation for Dental Implants

If you’re interested in receiving dental implants, your dentist at Laurelhurst Dentistry will complete an examination to see if you’re a good candidate. Issues that affect whether or not dental implants are a good option for you include:

  • the presence of adequate jaw bone for implant placement
  • tobacco use, can lead to post-operative problems
  • periodontal disease, a gum disease affecting the foundation of our teeth, can compromise site placement
  • any medications you’re currently taking, since anti-inflammatory drugs can lead to increased bleeding during the implant procedure
  • systemic diseases such as diabetes or immune deficiency disorders

It’s also important to note that daily brushing and flossing are vital when taking care of implants and surrounding gums, since they are so much like natural teeth.

The Right Choice for You

You, along with the dentists and staff at Laurelhurst Dentistry, will decide whether or not dental implants are right for you. The first step in making this determination involves setting an appointment with us.

To determine whether or not you’re a candidate for dental implants, you’ll need to provide a complete dental and medical history. At Laurelhurst Dentistry, we will take x-rays  which will identify the health of your jaw bone for the procedure. Then the dentist will consult with you regarding the entire implant procedure from start to finish.

Finding out whether or not you’re a good candidate for this procedure is worth the time and effort – dental implants not only change your smile, they can change your life!

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