Would you like to replace a lost tooth with a dental implant but aren't sure if you're a good candidate? Asheville, NC, dentists Dr. Barry Duncan, Dr. Milton Poulos, and Dr. Alexander Pence, share a few signs that may indicate that dental implants will work for you.
Your jawbone is strong and deep
Dental implants are placed in your jawbone in the space that once held your tooth roots. If the bone is too shallow, it won't be able to support the implant. The problem can occur if it's been a while since you lost your tooth. When the jawbone no longer receives stimulation from tooth roots, it becomes weaker and shallower. Luckily, the problem can be easily solved in many cases with bone grafts. Bone grafts extend the length of the implant process but offer a very effective solution to problems with jawbone depth.
You don't smoke
Smoking interferes with healing and can lead to implant rejection. The habit may also dry your mouth, making it easier for bacteria to multiply and cause an infection.
Your gums are healthy
Healthy gums adhere to your teeth and help support them. If you develop gum disease, your gums may begin to pull away from your teeth, forming deep pockets around them. Because healthy gums are just as important for dental implants as they are for natural teeth, you'll need to be successfully treated for gum disease before you can receive an implant in our Asheville office.
Good oral hygiene is a priority for you
The crown that fits on top of your dental crown may not be a natural tooth, but it requires the same level of care. Regular brushing and flossing, particularly around the base of the crown, will reduce plaque and prevent infections that can loosen implants.
Don't let a missing tooth change your smile. Call Asheville, NC, dentists Dr. Duncan, Dr. Poulos and Dr. Pence at (828) 665-1111 to find out if you're a good candidate for dental implants.