Am I a Candidate for a Dental Implant?

There is nothing like getting an implant when it comes to missing tooth replacement. These oral prosthetics replace teeth roots as well as the crown that is visible above the gumline. This helps to maintain the patient's jawbone tissue.

When a person loses a tooth and its root, the bone tissue that the root was anchored on begins to wear away. This can lead to a sunken appearance and the appearance of wrinkles. Other oral prosthetics like denture and bridges do not replace teeth roots, so the patient's jawbone tissue deteriorates even when they have replaced their missing teeth.

What is an implant?

An implant is a post that is inserted in the patient's jaw. It is typically made of titanium and a crown is placed on it to replace the visible part of the lost tooth. It usually takes less than an hour to install an implant, and local anesthetics are used during the treatment.

Implants have a very high success rate at over 90% and they can be redone in the rare case of implant failure.

Who is eligible for implants?

Unfortunately, there are certain health conditions that can prevent a person from getting implants. People with health issues that affect their body's ability to heal, like immune system disorders, might not be eligible for the treatment.

People who consume alcohol or use tobacco products regularly might need to stop prior to the procedure.

Generally speaking, good candidates for implants include:

  • People who are healthy enough for surgical treatments
  • Those who have enough bone tissue to hold implants in place. Some patients might need to get bone grafts before they are eligible for implants
  • People who will be able to follow instructions provided by the dentist during the recovery period

How implants are used to replace missing teeth

Implants can be used to replace a missing tooth, and they can also be combined with prosthetics like dentures and bridges. Those who are missing many teeth can typically reduce the cost of their replacement teeth by opting for implant-supported prosthetics. Since the patient still gets an implant, their bone tissue is preserved.

Installing implants

Implant installation typically takes less than one hour. The patient gets a shot of anesthetic and a hole is drilled into their jawbone. An incision might need to be made into their gums to access the jaw. The implant is then pushed into the hole until it is securely held in place.

Any incision made is closed up and that typically ends the first stage of the treatment. During the next appointment, a crown is attached to the implant. This might be done directly or with the use of an abutment.

Those who opt for same-day implants get their implant crown the same day it is installed.

Find out if an implant is right for you

The best way to determine if you are a good candidate for a dental implant is by contacting our clinic to schedule an evaluation.

Request an appointment here: https://www.westoversmiles.com or call Westover Dentistry at (703) 241-0678 for an appointment in our Arlington office.

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