It used to be that if a new permanent tooth was needed, the options were a crown, bridge, denture, and dental veneer. Although these technologies are better than going without a replacement tooth, they leave a lot to be desired. They often need routine repair or replacement and do not look or feel natural.
New and improved technology has led to the creation of dental implants. If you have lost even one tooth, you might be a candidate this procedure. Dental implants have many advantages over more traditional tooth replacement options, such as:
• More natural appearance
• Designed to fuse with the bone and become permanent
• Easier for eating
• Increased self-esteem
• Improved oral health
• Procedure has no effect on other teeth
• Possibly covered under medical insurance
If you are healthy enough to have a dental extraction or any type of oral surgery, you are generally healthy enough to be a candidate for a dental implant. Healthy gums and enough bone to hold an implant are the only physical requirements. Be advised that if the tooth was lost due to injury, you may not have sufficient bone to secure an implant. Check with your doctor, dentist, or dental implant specialist for more info.
Dental implant candidates need to be committed to performing good oral hygiene on a regular basis and to having routine dental visits. If you have any chronic health conditions such as diabetes or heart disease, are a heavy smoker, or have had radiation to your head or neck you may not be a good candidate for this procedure.
Dental Implants Houston
With the help of dental implants, many people who have lost teeth are gaining back their self-esteem and quality of life. Call us today to see if a dental implant might be right for you.