Dental implants are a milestone restorative dentistry treatment that has made a tremendous impact on the lives of many patients who have lost one or more teeth. Implants are tiny biocompatible posts that are inserted in the jaw to fuse with the bone and replace tooth roots. They provide the best support for dental crowns, bridges, and dentures, allowing you to chew, speak, and smile with confidence. With the continuing development of technology, most patients suffering with compromised smiles are dental implant candidates. In Windsor, CT, Dr. Stephen D. Lipman restores dental implants with beautiful custom restorations at his state-of-the-art facility. If you would like to learn more about candidacy for dental implants, contact our friendly staff today.
One of the greatest advantages of dental implants is that they help retain bone mass in the jaw after treatment. In fact, dental implants are the only restorative solution that provides this benefit.
Are Dental Implants Right for You?
If you are missing one or more teeth, or need to have a tooth extracted, you are likely a candidate for dental implant treatment. Patients who are unhappy with a traditional denture can also benefit from this treatment. If you wear full or partial dentures and find it uncomfortable, or dislike the way is slips or shifts out of place, you can benefit greatly from an implant-supported denture.
Dental implants usually involve at least two surgical procedures, so patients need to be in good general health. Conditions such as serious heart disease can preclude patients from dental implants. Also, patients should be non-smokers, since smoking interferes with the healing process. At the very least, patients must give up smoking for a period prior to surgery and during the healing period when the posts are integrating with the jaw.
Patients also need sufficient jawbone mass to support the implants. Patients who have experienced extensive jawbone atrophy as a result of a prolonged absence of teeth can undergo a bone grafting procedure to replace lost tissue. Patients who have experienced only the early stages of bone atrophy can undergo treatment using mini dental implants that require less bone tissue.
Other Candidacy Requirements
In addition to sufficient jawbone tissue and a need to replace lost teeth, there are some other important criteria that candidates must meet:
- In addition to good overall health, patients should have good oral health. If you have gum disease or other oral conditions that need attention, Dr. Lipman will treat them first.
- Patients must be willing and able to maintain good oral health after treatment. You need to commit to healthy habits, good oral hygiene, and keeping up with routine dental visits in order to experience the full benefits of dental implants.
- Some patients managing certain health conditions requiring immunosuppressive or radiation therapy may not be suitable candidates. In these and certain other cases, treatment could be postponed, or patients could choose a traditional denture or bridge.
Dr. Lipman is a strong believer in the relationship between dental health and whole body health. One of the greatest advantages of dental implants is that they help retain bone mass in the jaw after treatment. In fact, dental implants are the only restorative solution that provides this benefit. To learn more about whether implants are right for you, or to learn how Dr. Lipman can become involved in your implant treatment and help you achieve a beautifully restored smile, contact us today.