For patients with missing teeth, there are a number of tooth replacement options—crown and bridge, partials and dentures. But perhaps the most lifelike choice is a dental implant, in which a biocompatible titanium post is surgically implanted in the jawbone beneath the open socket of a missing tooth. In turn, this implant supports a tooth restoration, such as a porcelain crown or implant retained dentures.
Of course, the question is, “are dental implants right for me?” Only the dentists at 21st Century Dental & Sleep Center in Irving, TX, can make the final determination. However, there are basic guidelines that are always considered. Ideal dental implant candidates have:
Healthy gums, which are needed to support the implant as it fuses with surrounding bone tissue. Patients with gum disease, therefore, are at greater risk of dental implant failure.
Sufficient bone density, so the implant can be firmly anchored. If bone density is inadequate, then the implant dentist Irving trusts may recommend a bone graft to restore lost bone volume.
Good overall health is also important, because a dental implant does necessitate a surgical procedure. Patients with chronic diseases or systemic problems, such as diabetes, connective-tissue diseases, hemophilia, or a condition that suppresses the immune system may not be good candidates for dental implants.
An existing and ongoing commitment to oral health. Dental implants necessitate good oral hygiene. Twice daily brushing and flossing along with biannually scheduled dental cleanings and examinations are vital to the long-lasting success of dental implants.
Untreated problems with teeth grinding or clenching, also called bruxism. Research shows that this habit that usually occurs during sleep may interfere with the success of dental implants. If you are not wearing a nightguard, your risk of failure goes up.
Just as there are people who are ideal candidates for dental implants, others are not. For example, young children whose jaws have not stopped growing should not have implants. Smoke inhibits healing in the mouth, so heavy smokers are usually not good candidates. And cancer survivors who have received radiation of the neck or head may need to consider another tooth replacement option.
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At 21st Century Dental & Sleep Center, the implant dentist Irving trusts will carefully evaluate you for dental implants. We will examine your teeth and mouth and conduct a thorough review of your medical and dental history, including a record of current and previous medications. Your mouth will be x-rayed, and we may order a CT scan to gauge bone density and the shape of your jaw. Then, we will determine if you are a qualified candidate for dental implants. We serve everyone in the Irving, TX, area, including Dallas, Las Colinas, Fort Worth, Arlington, Grand Prairie and beyond.