The consensus of opinion concerning dental implants seems to be that it is indeed the best tooth replacement alternative available today. Satisfied patients agree that once an implant is in place and a crown attached the restoration will function as well as the natural tooth did. But before you get too excited about it be sure that you are a good candidate. If you are in general good health and you have a strong jawbone structure, are a non-smoker and can commit to a dental implant maintenance program you can expect to be evaluated as an excellent prospect.
So what can hurt your chances? Smoking can be a problem because it tends to decrease the flow of saliva which in turn encourages the growth of bacteria in the mouth. In addition, some of the chemicals found in tobacco products have been known to inhibit the healing process after dental implant surgery.
Gum disease can deter a successful implant experience. If you suffer from periodontitis your dentist will most likely recommend that it be treated and controlled before considering implant surgery.
Bone grafting may be an option to build up the structure that is necessary to support an implant. It may delay the implant procedure to give the new bone time to fuse with your own but the result can be well worth the wait.
The staff of Southlands Dental in Aurora headed up by Dr. Looze, takes a personal interest in every one of their patients. Call 720-886-0606 to arrange for a consultation.