Learn more about dental implants and whether you could be ideal for this dental restoration.
Our Elk Grove Village, IL, dentist, Dr. Scott Szatkowski, wants everyone to have a variety of dental options when it comes to how to treat their issues, and the same goes for tooth loss. We know that certain treatments work better for different people. So if you’ve been wondering if dental implants might work for you, here are some factors that will help us determine whether this tooth loss treatment is ideal:
Health is by far the most important component to whether or not you are an ideal candidate. When it comes to your health, both your oral and overall health are of the utmost importance. We will first examine your mouth to make sure that there aren’t any signs of decay, infection or gum disease. These are issues that will need to be addressed and treated first and foremost. If you’ve also been diagnosed with a chronic health problem, like heart disease or diabetes, we will want to make sure that you are controlling your condition with the proper treatment.
If tooth loss has been something that you’ve been dealing with for a while and are seeking treatment now, then it’s possible that you may also be dealing with bone loss, as well. We will run x-rays to check the health and density of your jawbone. Those who have suffered from significant jawbone loss may require bone-grafting surgery before getting dental implants.
While implants are designed to last a long time, a lot of their longevity depends on how dedicated you are to maintaining a healthy smile. This means brushing and flossing regularly and thoroughly, and also visiting our Elk Grove Village general dentist every six months for routine cleanings and exams to make sure your implant remains strong and healthy. Not maintaining a healthy smile could be the difference between having an implant for the rest of your life and having a failed implant.
While you are never too old to get dental implants, children and teens are not right for this treatment because their jawbones are still developing. Placing implants too early could stunt the growth of the jawbone. That’s why it’s important to let the bone fully develop before deciding whether implants are the best choice.
Here at our Elk Grove Village dental office, we believe that everyone should have a reason to smile. If you think dental implants will get you smiling again then it’s time you scheduled a consultation with Dr. Szatkowski to find out if this is the restorative treatment for you.