Whether you have recently lost a tooth due to either dental decay or some other sort of accident, you may be considering getting a dental implant. As a great way to help restore your natural smile and ability to chew, dental implants are an ideal option as long as you are deemed a suitable candidate. Here are some qualities that Dr. Joel Smith will look at in order to determine you are a good candidate or not.
Because the dental implant process involves having a metal rod surgically implanted into your gums, you need to make sure that your gums are as healthy as possible. Otherwise your gums will reject the implant and the entire process won’t work. If you are suffering from gum disease, however, Dr. Joel Smith can help to get your gums back to a healthy condition through things like changing your oral habits and even taking some sort of antibiotics if deemed necessary.
Just as it is important for you to have healthy gums in order for your dental implant to take, you also need to have a healthy jawbone to help ensure that the dental implant stays in place. If you do have a weak jawbone that is unable to support the implant, Dr. Joel Smith can inspect your jawbone in order to determine if you are a suitable candidate for a procedure like bone grafting which will help to provide you with the restoration that you want and need.
Strong Surrounding Teeth
Another thing that Dr. Joel Smith will consider when seeing whether or not you are a suitable candidate for dental implants is the health of your surrounding teeth. For instance, if the teeth surrounding where your implant is going are starting to rot or decay, then you may want to wait to have your dental implant placed just in case you have to have more teeth extracted.
To learn more about dental implants and to see whether or not you are a suitable candidate, contact Dr. Joel Smith’s office today!