If you have a missing tooth, the best possible way to replace it is with dental implants. Unlike dental bridges and dentures, dental implants are permanent replacement teeth that are fused to your jawbone through artificial roots. Dental implants can completely restore the functionality and appearance of your smile, letting you eat and chew normally again. Best of all, they preserve the natural bone structure of your jaw to help prevent future tooth loss.
In order to be a good candidate for dental implants, you need to meet a few basic qualifications, including:
- Healthy gum tissue (no periodontal disease)
- Enough jawbone to support implants
- Strong metabolic health
Smokers, diabetics, or patients who take prescription medication for osteoporosis may not be candidates for dental implants, since all of these factors can significantly interfere with the healing process. Additionally, if you wait too long before replacing your tooth, you may lose too much jawbone at the site of your missing tooth to support a dental implant.
The best way to find out if you are a candidate for dental implants is to schedule a consultation today with Dr. Terry Bass, DDS. Our experienced Edmond, Oklahoma implant dentistry team can help you restore health and beauty to your smile.