Who Is a Candidate for Dental Implants
Someone who wants to replace one or more lost teeth with implants, has good oral health, and is ready to undertake a more intrusive treatment process is an ideal candidate for dental implants. Dental Implants can help with many missing teeth issues. Please visit us at (206) 424-4450 to discuss your needs for dental implants and if you are a candidate.
Missing a Tooth
Only one tooth needs to be missing for an implant to be placed. A dental crown is secured to the implant's abutment (connector) to achieve this. Therefore, dentists commonly recommend dental implants for patients who undergo a tooth extraction, lose a tooth due to trauma, or experience single-tooth attrition. Implants are typically suggested over removable dentures or fixed bridges because they prevent bone loss and provide a more secure and long-lasting fit.
Multiple Tooth Loss
Dental implants can remedy multiple tooth loss. Dental implants allow for the attachment of a dental bridge to replace a lost tooth or teeth or a full or partial denture to replace an entire arch of missing teeth. Dental implants have fewer restrictions on what you can eat and are simple to maintain with daily oral hygiene. Thus, multiple teeth implants are preferable to conventional methods like bridges and dentures.
Good Dental Health
If you are considering getting dental implants, your gums and jawbone must first be in good shape. When teeth are lost, bone is often lost as well. Patients in this situation may benefit from a bone grafting operation before dental implant installation to ensure the best possible results. Also, patients need to be dedicated to long-term periodontal care to reduce the risk of implant failure.
Traditional tooth replacement options include dental implants and dentures. Your dentist will evaluate your mouth and go through your treatment options during a clinical exam before performing any operations. Dentures refer to removable prosthetics made of plastic or metal to replace missing teeth. One component of dental implants is a metal screw that is surgically implanted into the jaw. The next step is to cap the tooth with a crown. The dentist will go over your alternatives for care during your initial appointment. Tooth loss is the determining factor in selecting full or partial dentures. Dentures that clip onto dental implants are another option when replacing missing teeth.
If a tooth is missing, you can get a replacement tooth bonded to the teeth on either side of the gap. A dental bridge can fill the gap left by one or more lost teeth. Dental implants, on the other hand, are replacement teeth that consist of a metal (usually titanium) screw fixed into the jaw and topped with a crown to create the appearance and function of a natural tooth. In some cases, dental implants and a bridge cemented over them can be used to replace missing teeth. When a patient loses teeth, our dental team at is here to help restore your smile. If you are interested in discovering more about dental implants as a treatment option for replacing one or more missing teeth, please get in touch with us at (206) 424-4450.