Dental implants can restore your smile.
When people lose a permanent tooth they often think that there is no way they will ever get their smile back. Don’t feel defeated just yet. Our Jackson, MI, dentists Dr. Constance Smith and Dr. Liskiewicz can get your smile back on track with a restoration known as a dental implant.
What is a dental implant?
When you lose a tooth you also lose the roots of the tooth. While it might not seem like it, the roots are actually an important part of your oral health. The roots are what stimulate the jawbone to help preserve it. Without this stimulation, the jawbone will start to deteriorate, which can lead to structural changes in the face and even premature aging. An implant, which is a tiny metal post, is designed to take over the role of your tooth roots to prevent jawbone deterioration and to become a foundation from which to support the artificial tooth.
What makes someone a good candidate for dental implants?
If you are an adult dealing with tooth loss then chances are pretty good that implants could be a viable option for you. Of course, here are some factors that will help determine whether this is the right restoration for you:
You’re in good health
This means that both your oral health and general health are excellent. Sure, you may have lost a tooth but if you are dealing with untreated gum disease, this is an issue that needs to be treated beforehand.
You aren’t a smoker
Smokers are far more likely to deal with implant failure than a non-smoker. Therefore, if you are currently a smoker you’ll want to quit the habit for good if you want to be a good candidate for implants. Our Jackson, MI, general dentists can help you determine the best options for quitting smoking for good. Not only will this reduce your risk of implant failure but it will also reduce your risk of other dental problems associated with smoking.
You have a healthy jawbone
Since some bone loss is common in those with tooth loss (particularly those who haven’t sought treatment right away) it’s important that we determine the density of the jawbone to make sure that it can truly support an implant. Taking a series of X-rays will help us determine the health of your jawbone. If there is significant bone loss this doesn’t necessarily mean that you can’t get implants; however, bone grafting surgery may be recommended beforehand to help rebuild the jawbone so that it can support the implant.
Don’t let tooth loss affect your self-esteem and health. Turn to the dental implant experts in Jackson, MI, who can help you regain a healthy smile. Call us today to schedule your initial consultation.