There are several good reasons for replacing missing teeth. For one thing, missing teeth can make you feel self-conscious, and can be a barrier in social and work situations. Without your teeth, you look older than you actually are. Spaces in your smile can cause problems when eat or speak. Finally, there are health considerations. Bacteria and plaque can accumulate in the spaces left by missing teeth, your other teeth can drift out of alignment, and a lack of tooth roots can cause your jawbone to deteriorate.
Dental implants are an effective and very popular solution for people who are missing teeth. They are very natural looking, and are attached to titanium posts that have been placed directly into your jawbone. Not only do implants restore your smile, they are durable, can be brushed and flossed just like your regular teeth, and because your jawbone grows around the posts, your jaw becomes stronger.
Before moving ahead with implants, you need to have a discussion with your dentist so you can decide if they are right for you. To be a good candidate for implants, you need to have healthy gums and enough jawbone to support your implants, although in some cases, these conditions can be corrected with surgery.
If you are pregnant, or if your jaws have not stopped growing, you should consider another tooth-replacement option. If you have immune system issues or take immunosuppressants, implants may not be for you. If you have uncontrolled diabetes or hemophilia, your dentist may suggest another treatment. Certain medications may preclude you from having dental implants. If you abuse drugs or alcohol, or a use tobacco, dental implants may not work for you.
It is also vitally important that you are committed to following all of your dentist’s post-operative instructions regarding aftercare and follow-up visits. You must also have a serious commitment to brushing, flossing, and regular cleanings and exams.
Even if you discover that dental implants are not for you, there are other restoration options available. To discuss your treatment plan with Dr. Calvin L. Garland, call RiverLake Family Dental in Sacramento, California at 916-422-1823. We’re looking forward to your visit!