If you’re thinking about getting dental implants in Holden from Khanani Family Dental, you may be wondering if you’re a good candidate for treatment. In this blog, we’ll discuss a few of the top signs that dental implants may be the right option for you. Let’s get started.
Dental implants can be used to restore any number of missing teeth. Single-tooth implants with dental crowns can be used to restore one tooth, implant-supported bridges can be used to replace multiple adjacent teeth, and implant-supported dentures can be used to replace the upper, lower, or both arches of teeth. As long as you meet the other criteria for implants, you can get implants no matter how many teeth you’re missing.
You will need your mouth to be healthy and free of gum disease, as well as cavities and infected teeth if you still have some of your natural teeth. In addition to this, your jaw bone must be relatively strong so that it can accommodate the implants.
It is possible to use surgery like bone grafting to prepare a weakened jaw bone before implant placement, but this will add more time, complications, and expenses to your treatment.
Overall, it will take about 6-8 months to get a single-tooth dental implant, and that’s without any preparatory surgeries that may be necessary, such as tooth extraction, alveoloplasty, and bone grafting. The treatment process for implants is much longer compared to dentures and bridges, so you must be willing to commit to this process.
Smoking and the use of oral tobacco like chewing tobacco will seriously impact your ability to heal after implant surgery, and may cause implant failure. We highly recommend that you stop using tobacco before your treatment, or your implants may fail within only a few years of placement.
You will be required to stop smoking for at least 2-3 months after your surgery, so this is a good habit to stop the habit completely, and improve your overall health and your oral health.
Dental implants are more expensive than dentures and dental bridges, in most cases, and they are not always covered completely by dental insurance, so you will need to budget accordingly. At Khanani Family Dental, we do our best to make treatment affordable with options like Proceed Finance, CareCredit, in-house financing, and our dental membership plan. Dr. Khanani can help you understand the expected cost of treatment in more detail after your consultation at our office.
Dr. Salman Khanani is an experienced dentist in Holden, MA and is always ready to help you restore your smile. Contact us online now or schedule a consultation at (508) 829-4575 to get started and explore your options for permanent tooth replacement today.