Am I A Candidate For Dental Implants?
Some patients think that dentures are the only choice that they have to replace missing teeth, but the ideal modern treatment is dental implants. Unlike dentures, implants give you a reliable and permanent tooth replacement solution. Not every patient who visits Dr. Solomon’s Putnam, CT office will be an ideal candidate for dental implants, which is why it’s important to go in for a consultation as soon as possible. Learn more about implants and which patients make the best candidates for this popular restorative treatment.
Getting Dental Implants
A dental implant is a tiny screw-like device that your dentist installs into your gum line. Its ultimate purpose is to support a dental crown that will fill the space in your smile after a tooth is extracted (sometimes called the “extraction socket”). The process of getting dental implants starts with a basic consultation with your Putnam, CT dentist. But you must be a viable candidate for this procedure.
Who Is a Candidate for Implants?
In order to be a good candidate for dental implants you must have good dental health and enough strong bone tissue to support the device. If you’re going to get dental implants, you want them to successfully heal into your jaw bone and stay rooted for as long as possible. In some cases, a patient who has too little bone tissue for an implant may be eligible for bone grafting. Bone grafting is a dental procedure that helps support the existing tissue and promote the growth of new tissue so that it can successfully support an implant.
Getting Evaluated for Implants
Your dentist will take a detailed X-ray of your mouth and examine your gums to decide if you’re a viable candidate for this procedure. Your medical history will also be thoroughly reviewed, as patients with some uncontrolled conditions may have problems accepting the implant.
No Time Like the Present
If you have a missing tooth or a tooth that will be extracted, the sooner you visit your dentist to discuss whether you’re eligible for dental implants, the better. Call Stephen A. Solomon, DMD & Associates in Putnam, CT today at (860) 928-6533 to make an appointment.