If you are missing one or more teeth, dental implants are the best possible way to replace them. Not only will dental implants restore your smile, they will also protect the health of your teeth in the future, preventing bone loss and keeping your overall facial shape intact. Dental implants function just like normal teeth, and can be crafted to seamlessly match your smile.
However, you must meet a few basic qualifications in order to be a candidate for dental implants. For example, you must have:
- Enough bone left at the site of your missing tooth to support an implant
- No periodontal (gum) disease
- Strong overall health
- No bruxism (teeth grinding)
If your jawbone has dissolved too much where your tooth is missing, a bone grafting procedure can supplement it. If this option is available, Dr. Strober will discuss it with you during your personal consultation. Meanwhile, bruxism can be addressed with a custom mouthguard that Dr. Strober can create for you.
Being in good health is especially important. Conditions like diabetes or osteoporosis can compromise the results of dental implants. Additionally, if you smoke, we strongly recommend that you quit before having dental implants placed. Smoking can drastically interfere with your mouth’s healing process, which is the most important factor in a successful dental implant procedure.