Can Anyone Get Dental Implants?

Our teeth are important for many reasons. We need them for chewing our food, they are a major part of our appearance, and contribute to our speech. When a person has lost one or more of their teeth, a gap is left behind. This gap makes it difficult for one to chew certain foods, pronounce certain words, and it may change facial appearance. For these reasons, we need to replace any missing teeth. The conventional methods for replacing missing teeth are dentures and bridges. Nowadays, however, we have dental implants. These are better than bridges and dentures, though they are more expensive to install initially.  Implants are permanently fixed artificial teeth that look, work and feel just like natural teeth. There are many advantages of dental implants over dentures and bridges, but the greatest advantage is more stability and comfort. Unlike dentures, implants are permanent and do not have to be removed every day for cleaning, and unlike bridges, we do not have to drill into perfectly good teeth in order to fix them.  With implants, you can chew and speak more efficiently. Also, they are more durable and can last a lifetime with good dental hygiene and care. Implants are certified safe Implants are not dangerous to your health because the material used, titanium, is safe for internal purposes.  Unfortunately, not everyone is a good candidate for dental implants. There are several medical factors to be considered before providing dental implants. For example, any person who smokes might not be a good patient for dental implants. People suffering from heart disease or diabetes need to be evaluated individually to make certain they can have implants. These factors increase the chances that the installed dental implants will fail. This does not mean that patients with these factors cannot get implants, but they need to be informed of this possibility in advance. Healthy people with no underlying conditions can have dental implants. If patients have other dental problems like broken or decayed teeth, or have gum disease, they will need to first address those problems before implants are placed. All patients should have healthy gums and enough bone to hold the implants in place. Consult the dental surgeon A consultation with the dental surgeon and an x- ray of your jawbone will determine whether you are a good candidate for implants. Any patient must be committed to good dental hygiene because, like normal teeth, implants may fail due to poor dental care and will need replacement. In fact, the success of implants largely depends on your ability to keep your teeth and gums clean. Considering dental implants? Dr. Peter Hazim is well experienced and will develop the best treatment plan for you, and show you how to properly take care of your implants. Please call us at (972) 727-5599. We are conveniently located at 105 N. Alma Drive, Suite 100 in Allen, Texas.

Dr. Hazim is a member of the American Dental Association and the Texas Dental Association. A graduate of Loyola University, Dr. Hazim has undergone continuing education at the Pankey Institute and has received accreditation from the Western Regional Examining Board.

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