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Am I a Good Candidate for Dental Implants?

March 22, 2021 8:37 pm | Published by

Tooth loss can happen for a few reasons. Gum disease is the #1 cause of tooth loss in adults. The loss of even just one tooth can bring challenges. Thankfully, there are replacement options that restore your smile and chewing function! Dental implants are a very popular choice for many people. How do you know if you’re a good candidate?

What Are Dental Implants?

Dental implants are a permanent tooth replacement. The actual implant is a biocompatible post that’s surgically implanted in your jaw. As you heal from surgery, the post fuses to the bone. Next, we add a tooth restoration on top, like a crown. If you’re missing an arch of teeth, we can use a few implants to stabilize a set of dentures.

Benefits of Dental Implants

Thanks to modern dentistry, all tooth replacement options are much better than in years past. Dental implants have a few advantages. The biggest is that the post replaces the root of your tooth. With other tooth replacements, your jawbone can shrink over time. Dental implants preserve bone density! They’re also the closest substitute to a real tooth in how they feel and look. Implants are cleaned just like real teeth, too, so it’s easier to protect your oral health.

Am I a Good Candidate?

Dental implants work for many people. You will need healthy gums and a strong jawbone to support the post. If you’ve been missing teeth for a while and have jawbone shrinkage, we might recommend a bone graft. At your consultation, we’ll assess your oral health and jawbone density, and let you know if implants are a good choice. As for cost, dental implants can be pricier than other tooth replacement options, but we have financial options.

Dental Implants at Meadow Creek Family Dentistry

Whether you’re missing one tooth or all your teeth, we can restore your smile with individual implants or implant-stabilized dentures! Our team is committed to providing high-quality, comfortable care to all our patients. If you’re interested in dental implants or have questions about the services at our offices in Inman and Spartanburg, please contact us!

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