In recent years, dental implants have become very popular for replacing missing teeth. There are advantages to having implants. They look natural and blend in with the other teeth in your smile. You can brush and floss your implants, just as you do your regular teeth, and they do not need to be removed for cleaning or soaking. They are sturdy because they are attached to titanium posts that have been placed directly into your jawbone. This keeps your implants in place and also strengthens your jaw as the bone grows around the implant.
While implants are a great replacement solution for most people, you will want to talk with your dentist before moving ahead with the replacement process. You will need to discuss your medications and medical history with your dentist, and talk with him about your alcohol, drug and tobacco use.
For implants to be effective, you need healthy gums and enough bone in your jaw to support an implant. The implant process does require surgery, and you dentist will need to know if you have hemophilia. If you have uncontrolled diabetes, or immune system issues, or if you take immunosuppressants, your dentist may suggest another treatment.
If your jaws have not stopped growing, or if you are pregnant, your dentist may want you to wait for implants. If you grind your teeth, which is a condition known as bruxism, your dentist may want treat that problem before moving ahead with the implant procedure.
Smoking and tobacco use will slow your body’s healing process. Tobacco use can also lead to cancer and gum disease, and may cause your implants to fail. Finally, if you are not committed to following your dentist’s post-op and follow-up instructions and if you do not plan to brush and floss on a regular basis and see your dentist for your routine appointments; implants may not be for you.
If you are thinking about replacing one or more of your teeth, you should talk with our dentist, Dr. Eli J. Lawrence at Eli Lawrence, DDS to discuss your options. If you live in the Chicago, Illinois. Area, call 312-236-9895 today to make an appointment.