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Am I a Candidate for Dental Implants?

Imagine a life without worries about your teeth, one where smiling, eating, and speaking come naturally, without insecurity or discomfort. 

For many, dental implants make this vision a reality. But who’s ideally suited for this cutting-edge dental solution, and is it the right path for you? 

If you’ve been pondering this question, you’re in the right place. Dr. Caesar Sweidan and Dr. Laura Smith at St. Tammany Periodontics & Implants do dental implants day in and day out. Here’s their rundown on what dental implants offer and how to know if you’re a candidate.

Dental implants 101

Basics first: Dental implants are artificial tooth roots that provide a permanent base for fixed replacement teeth. They mimic the natural feel and function of real teeth, and you can’t beat their stability. 

Implants are made of biocompatible materials, primarily titanium, guaranteeing they’ll integrate with your jawbone without complications.

Dental implants vs. other dental solutions

Conventional dental bridges or dentures might be functional, but they fall short in stability and preservation of your natural bone. What sets dental implants apart is their capability to stimulate natural bone growth, preventing the bone resorption that occurs with tooth loss and age. 

This integral feature keeps your facial structure intact and ensures the seamless integration of the implant into your jaw for a lifelong solution.

Do you qualify for dental implants?

Not everyone with a missing tooth is a candidate for dental implants. Some circumstances require further assessment, but generally, a range of people can benefit from them.

The ideal candidate for dental implants is in good general and oral health, with healthy gum tissue free of periodontal disease. 

You should also have enough jawbone to support the implant. If you have significant bone loss, we can use techniques like bone grafting to make implants a possibility. 

Age isn’t necessarily a barrier; what matters most is your health and commitment to care.

You might be a good candidate for dental implants if you’ve lost teeth due to injury, decay, or congenital conditions. Also, dental implants might be for you if you currently wear dentures and want a more secure and harmonious restoration that won’t shift or cause discomfort.

Determining if you’re a candidate for dental implants is a multistep process that includes a thorough examination and various diagnostic procedures.

Step 1: Exam day

The initial step is a comprehensive examination of your teeth, mouth, and general health history. X-rays and, in some cases, a CT scan of your mouth may be necessary to assess your jawbone for the foundation of the implant.

Step 2: Resolving issues

If you have issues like tooth decay or gum disease, we need to treat them before beginning the implant process. 

Step 3: The consultation and treatment plan

We explain the implant procedure to you, including any preparations you may need and the regenerative techniques, like bone grafting, that may be necessary. 

Then we develop a personalized treatment plan that includes estimated timelines for completion and steps such as implant placement, healing time, and fitting the replacement teeth.  

Step 4: Cost 

Understanding the investment required for dental implants, both monetary and in terms of personal care, is essential to making an informed decision.

The investment in dental implants varies because many factors can influence it, including the type of implant, preparatory treatments, and the need for additional specialist care. The long-term value and benefits of implants typically outweigh the fees.

To ensure the longevity of your dental implants, you must commit to meticulous oral hygiene and regular dental checkups. Although the artificial teeth won’t decay, the surrounding gums are still susceptible to disease that can lead to implant failure if left untreated.  

Bad habits like smoking can hinder the healing process and increase the risk of complications.

Don’t live with the discomfort and limitations that come with missing teeth or ill-fitting dentures. Request a consultation online or call one of our offices in Slidell or Covington, Louisiana, today. A perfect smile might be closer than you think.

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