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Am I a Good Candidate for Dental Implants?

If you’re missing a tooth, you’re not alone. More than 120 million Americans are missing at least one tooth, and over 36 million don’t have any remaining natural teeth. Missing teeth isn’t just a cosmetic issue — while it certainly impacts your smile, missing teeth also interfere with your ability to talk and chew. It can also lead to bone loss in your jaw and further tooth loss. 

Missing teeth can impact your oral health as well as your emotional wellness. Fortunately, our expert dentists here at Higgins Dental in Jacksonville, Florida, can help. We offer state-of-the-art dental implants to replace your missing teeth — whether you’re missing a single tooth or all 32 of them.

About dental implants

Dental implants are natural-looking replacement teeth. Unlike dentures, another prevalent tooth replacement option, implants are permanently fixed into your mouth. 

An implant consists of three parts:

We use titanium posts for several reasons. It’s a uniquely biocompatible metal — it bonds with the bone of your jaw in a process called osseointegration. Additionally, the post-stimulates bone growth, just like your natural tooth roots. This reduces your risk of jaw bone atrophy and additional tooth loss. 

Dental implant benefits

Dental implants offer so many benefits while restoring your smile. Dental implants restore your oral health and reduce your risk of future problems, like jawbone atrophy and additional tooth loss. They look and feel like natural teeth, and are custom-made to fit perfectly into the spaces left by missing teeth.

Our dentists place dental implants into your jaw permanently, so you don’t have to take them out to clean them or deal with sticky oral adhesives. You simply brush and floss your implants, just like your natural teeth.

The best part? No one will know you have a false tooth or teeth. Dental implants look and act like natural teeth.

Are dental implants right for you? 

Although there are many benefits associated with dental implants, they aren’t necessarily the best choice for every patient. You need to have healthy gums and sufficient bone density in your jaw to support the implants. 

We might not recommend dental implants if you smoke. Smoking interferes with the healing process and can affect the success of your implants. Diabetes and other diseases that affect your immune system might also increase your risk of complications. 

What if your jaw bone isn’t strong enough?

You need adequate jaw bone to support the titanium implant post. However, if you have low bone density, we might suggest a minimally invasive sinus bone graft add mass to your bone. After a bone graft, you should have enough bone density to support a dental implant.

Find out if dental implants are right for you.

It takes several months to complete all of the steps and necessary healing in the dental implant process. However, it’s worth your time as implants are the next-best option to healthy natural teeth and can restore your beautiful smile. Give us a call or book a consultation online today to learn more about dental implants and if they’re the best tooth replacement option for you.

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