Gibson Dental

Am I a candidate for dental implants?

If you suffer from tooth loss, dental implants may be a viable treatment option for you.  Dental implants are a more durable and permanent alternative to dentures, bridges, and partials.  Dental implants are made from titanium and replace damaged tooth roots.  These implants provide a sturdy support system for prosthetic teeth, and the prosthetic teeth fit into the implant to create a natural-looking smile.  

To be considered for the dental implant procedure, a patient must be in good overall health.  Ideal candidates have healthy gum tissue and sufficient jawbone density to ensure the implant remains stable and supported.  However, just because you may suffer from bone loss doesn’t necessarily mean your dentist will not consider you for the surgery.  

Advances in bone reconstruction procedures can provide patients who suffer from bone loss with the opportunity to have dental implants.  Bone grafting is one procedure that can prepare patients for the benefits of dental implants.  Not only do dental implants restore your smile, but they also stimulate bone growth and help prevent bone loss.  

Some lifestyle factors may interfere with dental implant surgery.  Smoking, drinking alcohol, or chronic conditions such as diabetes can inhibit the post-surgical healing process.  At Gibson Dental in Madison, AL, we will assess your individual needs and help you determine which restorative procedure is right for you.  

To learn more about dental implants or schedule a consultation with one of our dentists, please call us at (256) 724-3530.

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