Are Dental Implants Right for Me?

Dental implants are an excellent long-lasting solution for individuals who wish to restore their smile. If you had to have one or more teeth removed due to decay or infection, a dental implant can be put in its place, allowing you to eat and chew your food as you normally would. You will even be able to care for them just as if they were your natural teeth. Dental implants are not only great for aesthetic and comfort, but they also help protect your facial bones by stimulating growth.

Who is an Ideal Candidate?

The best way to know for certain if you are an ideal candidate for receiving dental implants is to schedule an appointment with a qualified and experienced dentist.

Generally, an ideal candidate for dental implants will have:

  • Healthy gums: When you receive dental implants, your dentist will connect them to your gums. If you are suffering from severe gum disease, you will need to have this addressed and treated before you can move forward with the dental implant procedure.
  • Sufficient bone density: For reasons similar to why you need healthy gums to receive dental implants, it is also important for you to have sufficient bone density. Your jawbone will need to support the implant, so if you are lacking in bone density, you might not be able to have this procedure performed.
  • Overall good oral health: Generally, before receiving dental implants, it is best for patients to have good oral health, aside from any teeth they might be missing. A healthy mouth is important to set up a proper foundation for your dental implants, so make sure you see a dentist and, if necessary, treat any conditions you might have.
  • Additional factors: Non-smokers, or those who can at least stop during the process, are ideal candidates for this procedure. Patients with diseases or conditions that can potentially affect their ability to heal or those who have oral cancers and are being treated with biophosphate medications are not ideal candidates.

It is also important for candidates to be patient. Dental implants are designed to be a long-lasting solution and, as such, take time. Implants must only be placed once the site where the bone was grafted completely heals. From start to finish, this process can take anywhere from 4 months to a year, but you will be able to enjoy the results for many years to come. Be patient and you will be able to enjoy a fully restored smile.

High-Quality Dental Implants for a Healthier Smile

If you are missing any teeth and, as a result, experiencing trouble speaking, eating, and feeling confident, you should consider dental implants. At Aesthetic Smile Design, our dental team is committed to restoring our patients’ smiles. If you are unsure if you are an ideal candidate for this procedure, we will help you determine if this is the solution for you, or if you require other treatment before moving forward. Whatever your needs are, you can trust our team to provide the exceptional service you deserve.

Find out more about dental implants and call our office today at (973) 847-2311 to schedule an appointment with our experienced team.