If you have a missing tooth, the best way to replace it is with a dental implant. Unlike a dental bridge, an implant does not use your surrounding teeth for support; instead, it uses a biocompatible titanium root to anchor a dental crown. Since the implant is fused to your jawbone, it helps stimulate new bone growth and prevents your jaw from changing shape due to tooth loss.
Dental implants are the strongest, most long-lasting, and most aesthetically appealing option for tooth replacement. However, they may not be right for everyone. In order for the implant procedure to be successful, you must:
- Be in strong oral health (free of gum disease)
- Have adequate bone in your jaw to support the implant
- Refrain from smoking
- Not be undergoing immunosuppressive therapy
- Refrain from alcohol use
Dental implant candidacy is determined on a case-by-case basis. It’s important to note that many of the factors that may prevent you from being a good candidate can potentially be circumvented. For example, medical conditions like arthritis, high blood pressure, diabetes, and osteoporosis can make the implant procedure more risky – but if you and your primary doctor are able to adequately control your condition, you may still be able to take advantage of dental implants.
The best way to find out if dental implants are right for you is to schedule an initial consultation with our experienced Omaha dentists. Please contact The Dentists in Omaha today to schedule your consultation. We have offices in Hillsborough, Village Pointe, Ralston Square, and Dundee.