New Bedford, Falmouth, & Hyannis, MA
Periodontics involves the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of periodontal (gum) issues. We also specialize in the placement of implants. At Center for Advanced Periodontics and Implant Dentistry, we believe implants are the ideal solution for tooth loss. If you are missing one or more teeth, dental implants can drastically improve the function and aesthetics of your smile!
What Are Dental Implants?
An implant is a small titanium metal post that is surgically placed in the part of the jawbone where you’re missing teeth. Since titanium is a biocompatible material, it fuses with the jawbone to create a solid and stable foundation for the placement of artificial teeth.
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Are You a Candidate for Dental Implants?
Many factors are taken under consideration when assessing if you’re a good candidate for a dental implant. Due to many reasons, not everyone can get dental implants. Here are a few things you need to have in order to qualify for dental implants.
Adequate Bone Density
Your jawbone needs to hold and bind with the base of the implant. Hence, the dentist will need to ensure that your jawbone is capable of supporting the implant. In case you lack bone density, you will have to undergo a jaw restorative procedure for a sturdy jaw. Our dentist will recommend the procedure you need to undergo to gain bone density.
Implants are planted through a surgical process that requires anesthesia. Therefore, a dental implant candidate must have good overall health. Center for Advanced Periodontics and Implant Dentistry will ask for your medical history, conduct your physical examination, and inquire about the medication you’re on. We might also ask for a medical release from your physician.
We will check your gums to ensure that you don’t have gum disease. In case of periodontal disease, you will have to wait until your infection subsides. Planting an implant into the jawbone when you have gum disease may increase the risk of developing a bone infection, which not only increases the chances of implant failure but it also risks your general health.
Why Should I Get Dental Implants?
If you have suffered from tooth loss due to periodontal diseases, an accident, or any other problem, dental implants are the best tooth restorative option out there. Dental implants are a great way to restore the appearance and functionality of your smile. Our dentists will conduct extensive dental exams and have a look at your medical history to see if you qualify for dental implants. Once we believe that you qualify as a candidate for implants, we will call you in for your first surgical procedure that entails the placement of an implant in your jawbone. You will then have to wait for a few weeks for your jawbone to bond with your implant. In the next few appointments, our dentist will place the abutment and then the crown.
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If you would like to learn more about dental implants, call 508-996-3131 and schedule your appointment today!