Dental implants might just be the best way to replace your missing teeth.
When we lose teeth as adults it’s not the exciting momentous occasion that it is when we are children; quite the opposite, actually. And there is certainly no tooth fairy involved. Luckily, during this unnerving time, it’s important to know that our Tampa, FL dentist Dr. Dana Cuculici is ready to help you get your smile back on track. One way in which to replace that missing tooth is through an incredible restoration known as a dental implant.
What is a dental implant?
A dental implant is comprised of three different components that help make it a complete artificial tooth. The implant itself is the part you won’t see, it’s a small metal post that is placed under the gum line within the jawbone. Implants function like tooth roots, providing the jawbone with the stimulation it needs to remain healthy. The jawbone and tissue even fuse together with the implant to become one. From there, a false tooth (e.g. dental crown) is placed on top of the implant.
Am I a good candidate for dental implants?
Since getting dental implants does take time and requires surgery, our Tampa general dentist will need to make sure that you are healthy enough for implants. This requires us to perform a thorough evaluation, which includes an oral exam and imaging tests to check the overall oral health and jawbone health. Here are some of the factors that determine your candidacy:
Adults are the perfect candidates for dental implants and there is no age limit to when you can get this tooth replacement. Since implants can end up lasting the rest of your life we know that this is a major benefit for adults dealing with tooth loss. Of course, dental implants are not the best option for children and teens dealing with tooth loss.
Your health is probably the most important determinant as to whether dental implants are right for you. Both your oral health and general health have to be in tip-top shape. If you have any chronic disorders such as diabetes, heart disease or high blood pressure we will need to make sure they are properly managed before we can begin the implant process. The same thing applies to your oral health: If there are any issues that we see such as cavities or gum disease, these will need to be addressed before we begin.
Since the implant will be placed within the jawbone it’s important that there is enough healthy bone to support it. Since people dealing with tooth loss usually have some degree of bone loss, we will run x-rays to check the density of the jawbone. In some cases, bone grafting may be required before you can get dental implants.
If you are ready to find out if you are a good candidate for dental implants then it’s time to turn to the smile experts at Carrollwood Dental in Tampa, FL. Call us today to schedule your consultation.