August 13, 2020
Did you know that 500,000 patients opt for dental implants each year? Considering its impressive 95% success rate and unparalleled durability, it’s not hard to see why this popular restorative procedure grew by over 6% between 2019 and 2020 alone. However, to ensure its success in both the short and long-term, dentists go to extensive measures to qualify potential dental implant candidates. Read on for four traits they look for!
#1. An Adequate Amount of Bone
Dental implants are durable, natural-looking, and completely customizable. However, one of the most important advantages to consider is that they are the only restorative option that stimulates your jawbone and prevents it from deteriorating. However, to reap these life-changing benefits, potential patients need to have a sufficient amount of bone for the dental implant to be inserted into. If this is overlooked, the implant can become loose or otherwise fail. Fortunately, patients who do not meet this requirement can opt for a bone graft or select an alternative, like dentures.
#2. Healthy Gums
Your gums play a vital role in protecting the roots of your teeth and securely holding them in place. If they are compromised in any way, like by the negative consequences of gum disease, they won’t effectively hold the titanium in place. So, patients with unhealthy gums may need to undergo periodontal therapy before becoming eligible for dental implants.
#3. A Commitment to Good Oral Health
Dental implants are resistant to both stains and cavities, which makes them a relatively low-maintenance treatment option. However, to keep them in pristine condition, it is important to brush your teeth twice a day, floss daily, use mouthwash regularly, and visit your dentist biannually for checkups. That way, you can enjoy a restored smile, strong bite, and improved speech for decades to come!
#4. No Poor Dental Habits
Dental implants are crafted to perfection with a durable material that is made to last 20+ years. However, poor dental practices, like using tobacco products, can negatively impact your mouth’s ability to heal properly. Plus, bad habits like chewing on ice or using your mouth to open things can damage the implant, which necessitates an immediate replacement.
If you are looking to join the millions of patients who are enjoying the life-changing benefits of dental implants, then talk to your dentist today! After your initial consultation, your dental team can determine whether you are a good candidate and you’ll be well on your way to an improved smile, bite, and speech.
About the Practice
At Pearl Dentistry, the latest technology, an knowledgeable team, a quality-first approach to care, and a comprehensive array of services come together to create one truly exceptional dental experience. With their talented staff at their side, Dr. Stefanie Walker and Dr. Amanda Pooler use their clinical expertise and passion for their craft to help their patients achieve healthy, beautiful smiles. If you would like to speak with them about whether dental implants are right for you, visit their website or give them a call at 720-440-9296.
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