While dental implants are an effective and long-lasting solution to missing teeth, not every patient is a candidate for the procedure. Here’s a look at what an ideal dental implant candidate looks like.
The Ideal Dental Implant Candidate
Dental implants are connected to the gums. Therefore, the patient must have healthy gums and no signs of gum disease.
Good Oral Health
The patient should have a healthy and well-cared for mouth.
Adequate Jawbone Support
Jawbone health is another important consideration when determining whether or not the patient is a candidate for dental implants. Dental implants require adequate bone support in order to remain stable and healthy.
The Dental Implant Process
Once we determine if you’re a candidate for a dental implant, we’ll begin the treatment. The implant treatment typically involves three steps:
Placement of the Implant
Using x-rays, we will carefully determine the correct placement of the implant. Then, the dentist surgically places the implant into the jawbone.
During the healing process, the jawbone grows around it and holds it in place. The implant will be completely fused with the bone within 2 or 3 months.
Placement of the Artificial Tooth
Your custom-made prosthesis will look natural and comfortably fit in your mouth. Replacement teeth usually take some time to make. In the meantime, your dentist may give you a temporary crown, bridge, or denture.
Schedule an Appointment Today
To schedule a dental implant consultation to discuss how implant works and whether or not you are a good candidate, give Hendersonville Family Dental a call today at 828-222-7878.