Dental implants look and function like your natural teeth. Removable partial dentures can be artificial looking, which can become more pronounced when they slip out of place. Removable dentures also result in significantly reduced bite force and may limit your diet. Dentures also need special cleaning and have to be taken out and soaked at night.
Dental bridges are better than dentures when it comes to appearance and function, but they have limitations. Because they depend on your neighboring teeth for support, they can lead to tooth failures and may require the modification of otherwise healthy natural teeth. Dental bridges also don’t support your jawbone, which means that jawbone loss can occur under a dental bridge, which can lead to cosmetic failure and increased risk of jaw injury.
Because they are most like your natural teeth, dental implants are also the most likely tooth replacement option to last a lifetime. They regularly last for decades with only an occasional replacement of the dental crown or bridge on top.
Who Is a Candidate for Dental Implants?
The good news is that most people who have lost a tooth are candidates for dental implants. The ideal dental implant candidate:
- Has good jawbone density
- Is free of gum disease
- Does not use tobacco
- Is committed to caring for dental implants
In most cases, if you’re committed to caring for dental implants, you might be a good candidate for dental implants. If you don’t have enough jawbone at the implant site, we can use bone grafting to help secure them. Gum disease can be treated to protect your implants. You can quit smoking or chewing tobacco, at least temporarily for the procedure and preferably permanently. Tobacco use increases the risk of dental implant failure.
If you would like to learn whether you’re a candidate for dental implants in Wilmington, NC, please call (910) 392-6060 or email Kuzma Advanced Dentistry.