Implants have become very popular over the years. The artificial teeth are virtually indistinguishable from your natural teeth, and they are placed on titanium posts that have implanted directly into your jawbone. Not only does this make the implants sturdy, but as the bone grows around the implants, your jaw is strengthened. Moreover, your implants can be brushed and flossed just like your regular teeth. Before you start the implant process, you will need to have a thorough examination and a discussion with your dentist about your medical history and any medications you are taking.
Implants require surgery, and so your dentist will need to know if you suffer from hemophilia. Your gums and jawbone must be healthy enough to support the implants. If you have an immune system disorder, take immunosuppressants, or have chemotherapy or radiation therapy to your head or neck, your dentist may suggest another treatment. If you have uncontrolled diabetes, implants may not be right for you.
A big factor in the success of dental implants is your willingness to follow your dentist’s instructions. You will need to comply with the directions regarding your aftercare and followup appointments. Failure to do so could also mean failure of your implants. Tobacco use will slow the healing process, and can lead to oral cancer and gum disease, which will affect your implants. Additionally, if you use recreational drugs and are not committed to brushing and flossing, implants may not be the best choice to replace your teeth.
Most people are fine candidates for implants, but if they are not for you, there are other options available, such as dentures and dental bridges. Our dentist, Dr. H. Michael Long will be happy to give you and exam and talk about the different procedures. If you would like to schedule an appointment at H. Michael Long, DDS in Tullahoma, Tennessee, call 931-455-2595 today.