Do you have missing teeth? If you do, you know that you need to replace them with a permanent restoration that will last for years to come. Dental implants in Chicago Loop can be that solution for many patients. But the real question is, are you a good candidate for the dental implant procedure?
What are dental implants?
A dental implant is a dental restoration that replaces both parts of a missing tooth: below and above the gum line. The implant is an artificial tooth root that’s placed into your jaw. Once it’s placed into the jawbone, it can support the dental prosthetic of your choice.
What is it like to get dental implants?
Implant restoration consists of two major steps. First, you’ll need to schedule a consultation with your dentist in Chicago Loop to discuss your tooth replacement options. Then, you’ll come in for your first appointment where a replacement tooth root will be implanted during a scheduled oral surgery. Then, you’ll undergo a period of healing before you move onto the second major step.
Secondly, we’ll fit you for a personalized dental prosthetic to replace the visual crown of your missing tooth. It’ll be attached to your dental implant with an abutment. There are different types of dental prosthetics to fit your level of tooth loss.
Are you the ideal candidate for dental implants?
Your dentist will discuss these qualifiers for great dental implant placement:
- A great candidate for dental implants will have healthy gums. The gums are the foundation to a great smile and will help keep your dental implants in place.
- A viable candidate for dental implants will have good jawbone strength.The quality of the bone in the jaw will determine whether your implants will be successful or not. The bone density helps to anchor your implants for increased stability. If you don’t have adequate bone density, your dentist can explore bone grafting.
- Good dental implant candidates will have a real commitment to great oral health. Older patients that are the perfect candidates will have a real commitment to better oral health. They will take care of their remaining natural teeth, quit using tobacco, and maintain their new teeth restored with dental implants.
Who isn’t a good patient for dental implants?
Although most people make good dental implant candidates, there are many people that may benefit from another dental prosthetic including:
- Pregnant women
- Children with developing smiles
- People who have to undergo radiation therapy
- Tobacco users because this habit will affect the healing process
- People with chronic diseases systematic diseases
- People who take immune-suppressing medication
- People who have chronic teeth grinding issues
While dental implants aren’t necessarily ruled out from ever getting dental implants, but there may be better options available for them. Simply ask your dentist for more information about restorative dental care to learn more!
About Our Office
Here at Lakefront Dental, we want every patient to feel comfortable asking questions about their potential dental care. Our expert dentists work to create a relaxed environment for you to receive the dental care that your teeth and gums really need—even when you have to replace teeth. Call us today to explore all of your best treatment options.