When Are Dental Implants Right for You?

As a dentist in Suffern, NY, we would like our patients to know about Suffern dental implants.

A dental implant is an artificial tooth and titanium screw implanted into the jawbone to replace a tooth you lost from decay, injury or illness.

Dental implants are right for you when the loss of a tooth affects your ability to chew comfortably. It is also the right option if your bite has changed drastically enough that your mandible no longer rests in a healthy position; or if you’re experiencing pain from partial or full dentures or bridges.

Some dentists, orthodontists and dental surgeons recommend dental implants when a patient does not naturally have all of his permanent teeth; of extraction of one or more permanent teeth was necessary during orthodontic treatment.

Dental implants are also a great choice for purely cosmetic purposes. For example, a dental implant can seamlessly replace a lost front tooth that has created an unsightly gap in your smile. A dental implant can also change how people perceive your age based on your appearance. Gaps in a smile or along the cheeks can make you appear older, as tooth loss is associated with aging.

You are also a good candidate for dental implants if you are tired of cleaning dentures. Although implants require cleaning, you can clean them in the mouth along with your existing natural teeth.

Although most people respond well to dental implantation, many do not and implants are not recommended as a treatment option for certain groups of people.

Children and teenagers cannot receive dental implants until they reach adulthood when their jawbones stop growing. Any adult patient must also have a healthy mouth.

Implantation is not recommended for adults with poor oral hygiene or addictions that can cause oral infections and disease, such as drug addiction, smoking and tobacco chewing.

Adults with oral health issues can receive dental implants, but must have their issues addressed and corrected before treatment to reduce the chances of implant rejection and infection.

Adults with certain other illnesses, or those receiving certain types of medical treatment, also do not respond well to this type of treatment.

Adults with bone diseases or osteoporosis, immune deficiency issues, diabetes, heart problems, cancer or blood disorders typically should not have the procedure. If your health care professionals expect any of these issues to improve greatly with treatment, they can revisit the option along with your dentist or dental surgeon at a future date when your health is better and your chances of healing are higher.

If you are ready to restore your oral well-being or smile, and you meet the above qualifications, it is time to speak with your dentist about dental implants.