If you’ve lost one or more teeth, then dental implants may be your best option for regaining a healthy, youthful smile you can be proud of. In fact, with an impressively high success rate (over 90%), dental implants can help most patients who suffer from tooth loss. However, before your dentist places them, he will first ensure that you qualify for dental implant placement by performing a comprehensive examination during your initial consultation.
Do you smoke or chew tobacco?
Smoking and smokeless tobacco use are among the most impactful influences on your oral health, increasing your risks of chronic diseases like periodontal disease and oral cancer. The habit can also interfere with your oral tissues’ ability to heal, especially after oral surgery to place your dental implants. If you smoke or use smokeless tobacco, then your dentist will recommend quitting as soon as possible, preferably before you undergo dental implant placement surgery.
Do you have periodontal disease?
Another potential influencer on the success of your dental implants is the state of your oral and periodontal health. Periodontal disease, or gum disease, is the leading cause of adult tooth loss, and it does its damage by eroding the gum tissues and jawbone that support your teeth. These same tissues and jawbone structure are needed to support your dental implant posts; if you exhibit periodontal disease, then it will have to be treated before you can receive implants.
Is your jawbone strong enough for implant placement?
The beauty of dental implants is that they closely mimic the structure and functions of your healthy, natural teeth roots. To do that, each implant post must be secured within your jawbone. If your jaw has lost bone mass and density due to periodontal disease or tooth loss, then you may need a bone graft to strengthen it before it can adequately support your dental implants.
About Your Birmingham, MI, Dentist
Dr. Mitchell Milan is a cosmetic, implant, and restorative dentist whose goal is to enhance your smile and improve your dental health. Celebrating over 25 years in practice and serving the Birmingham community, Dr. Milan and his experienced staff offer porcelain veneers, bridges, crowns, bonding, root canals, gum disease treatment, and more. Take your first step toward smile improvement today by scheduling a consultation with Dr. Milan by calling our office in Birmingham, MI at (248) 644-2136.