Am I a Good Candidate for Dental Implants?

If you’ve lost teeth due to gum disease, accident, injury, or any other reason, you have a natural-looking, permanent tooth-replacement option: dental implants. Essentially, a dental implant is an artificial tooth root that a cosmetic dentist or dental surgeon places directly into your jawbone. Once in place, the root can support an artificial tooth, bridge, or even special dentures.

Types of Dental Implants

There are two types of dental implants available. The first is the endosteal, which is placed directly into the bone using a series of screws, cylinders, and/or blades to surgically secure the implant. Each endosteal implant can hold one or more artificial teeth.

The second dental implant is the subperiosteal. This less common type of dental implant is placed on the bone with the frameworks’ metal posts protruding through the gum. Patients who are unable to wear traditional dentures and have minimal bone height can benefit from the subperiosteal implant.

Implants Function Like Natural Teeth

Dental implants are much like your natural teeth. They are secure and require no adhesives. You don’t need to soak them or perform any special type of care — just brush them and floss as you would your natural teeth. But unlike your natural teeth, your dental implant prosthetic won’t develop cavities.

Dental implants also do not affect the adjacent healthy teeth by weakening them or promoting degradation, as traditional bridges do. Dental implants are a great way to do away with ill-fitting dentures that slip and slide and prevent you from enjoying your favorite foods. With dental implants, there are no dietary restrictions.

The Best Candidates for Dental Implants

Right now, you may be thinking these dental implants sound too good to be true, and for some men and women they are. The best candidates for dental implants are those who maintain good oral health and are in overall good physical health. You must have sufficient bone tissue in your jaw, and you shouldn’t have gum disease or unhealthy gum tissue.

Going forward, you have to honor your commitment to maintaining excellent oral hygiene. If properly cared for, your dental implants can last a lifetime. If you meet these requirements, you are a likely candidate for dental implants.

5 Reasons to Choose Dental Implants

Now that you’ve determined you are a likely candidate for dental implants, let’s take a look at the top five reasons dental implants are a wise choice:

1. Natural looking teeth

Dental implants look and feel like your natural teeth. Moreover, they function like your real teeth. They are just as secure, and maybe even more so if you were dealing with weak, damaged, or missing teeth.

2. Reliability

Good oral care means your dental implants will last a very long time. They don’t slip or cause pain as dentures and bridges can, and they don’t affix to neighboring teeth, so there’s no chance of them damaging your existing teeth.

3. High rate of success

Once your dental implants are in place, your odds of them not working out are extremely low.

4. Improved ability to eat

Have you been babying your weak, or missing teeth? Or maybe your bridge or dentures can’t hold up to your favorite foods or cause you pain when you eat them. Bring on the corn-on-the-cob, ribs, and pecan pie. With dental implants, you can eat with confidence.

5. Appearance

Speaking of confidence, dental implants give you the confidence boost you need to get out and live life. Have fun and look great doing it. Dental implants also help reduce the deterioration of jawbone structure and maintain your jawbone height for a natural appearance.

Take the First Step

Your first step in replacing your dentures, bridge, or missing teeth with dental implants is to get evaluated by an experienced dentist. Aesthetic Dentistry of Bernardsville specializes in helping you achieve the smile of your dreams. We’re experienced in the placement of functional, durable dental implants, and our patients tell us time and again how thrilled they are with their results. Dr. Patti Swaintek-Lamb is happy to discuss all of your options for dental implants.

If you would like to be evaluated as a candidate for dental implants or for any other dental concerns, please contact us at Aesthetic Dentistry of Bernardsville. Although we’re located in Bernardsville, we also serve the surrounding areas of Morristown, Basking Ridge, Mendham, Chester, and Far Hills, New Jersey. We look forward to giving you back your beautiful smile.

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