If you have one or more missing teeth in Parker, CO, there’s a good chance you’re eligible for dental implants.
Most dentists consider dental implants the “gold standard” in tooth replacement dentistry, and dental implants have the potential to last an entire lifetime. Making dental implants part of your restorative and cosmetic dentistry treatment plan is an excellent way to keep your smile healthy and looking beautiful for years to come.
To be eligible for dental implants, you first need to be in good overall oral health. Dental implants require oral surgery, so you need to be healthy enough to undergo the necessary anesthesia, tolerate the postoperative sensitivity, and care for your mouth for three to six months while it heals.
Additionally, you need to have healthy, disease-free gums and enough bone remaining in your jaw to support and accept a dental implant. If you do not have sufficient jawbone, bone grafting is often an option.
If you are a smoker or someone who chronically grinds and clenches your teeth, you are probably not a good candidate for dental implants. Smoking is a leading cause of gum disease, and smoking with dental implants can cause your gums to decay and recede and your implants to eventually fall out. Likewise, clenching and grinding your teeth, even if only during your sleep, can lead to severe wear and tear on your smile and permanently damage both your natural and artificial teeth.
To learn more about dental implants in Parker, CO and whether you are a good candidate, please contact our dental office today.