Tooth Replacement Options: Are you a Dental Implant Candidate?


Are you a candidate for Dental Implants?

It’s exciting to know that dental implants are an incredibly popular and effective way to replace a missing tooth. If you’re missing a tooth, know that you’re certainly not alone. In fact, it is estimated that over 125 million Americans are missing at least one tooth.

Dental implants can resolve your missing tooth issue and fill any gaps from a missing tooth – restoring the look, feel, and health of your smile. However, dental implants may not be the perfect solution for everyone, so how do you know if it’s the perfect solution for you? Are you a dental implant candidate?

Learn more about Dental Implants from WebMD

What Are Dental Implants and Their Advantages?

Made from titanium, dental implants are essentially replacement tooth roots. They are placed in the jaw to support a replacement tooth – often dental crowns, dentures, or bridges. Implants are also the only option that can prevent bone loss because those titanium roots act like natural tooth roots and promote new bone growth.

Related Article: Restore Missing Teeth with Dental Implants

If you are a dental implant candidate, they also,

  • Prevent teeth from shifting toward any gaps, which can alter your bite or facial structure
  • Restore facial structure and youthful smile
  • Feel and function just like your natural teeth
  • Provide no eating restrictions

The Dental implant procedure is one of the most predictable and safest procedures in dentistry. They’re very durable and can last a lifetime if they are taken care of. Gone are the days of looking older than necessary because of a sagging jawline due to one or more missing teeth. (Dentures are no longer the only option!) And a dental implant cost may be far less than you expect. Are you a dental implant candidate?

An Overview of Dental Implant Surgery from Mayo Clinic

Are You a Good Dental Implant Candidate?

Here are five quick signs of a good candidate for dental implants:

  1. Good oral health hygiene habits
  2. Teeth and gums are in good standing health
  3. Patience for the process, it can take some time to be fully completed
  4. A non-smoker or willing to stop smoking
  5. Good bone density

These are common signs that your dentist will look for when considering if you’re a good dental implant candidate. Sometimes, your dentist may also look at why the teeth are missing.

Customized Restorative Dentistry that is Best for YOU

If you are interested in tooth replacement, it’s a good idea to discuss it carefully with Dr. Anderson first. If you are in good general health, one of these tooth replacement options, dentures, bridges, or dental implants, should be a good fit for you. In fact, your health is more of a factor than your age. Chronic illnesses, such as diabetes or leukemia, may interfere with healing and patients with these issues may not be good candidates for certain replacement options. Remember, using tobacco can also slow healing, regardless of which type of treatment you decide on.

Schedule a consultation with an implant expert at the offices of Thomas L. Anderson, DDS and Associates to see if you are a dental implant candidate for our implant technology. It might be the perfect remedy to preserve a youthful appearance and restore the function of your bite.

Contact us today to schedule your dental appointment and meet with our skilled dentists at one of our three conveniently located dental office locations within the Kansas City area, including Lee’s Summit / Independence, the Country Club Plaza and Downtown Kansas City. The gentle dentists and expert team at Thomas L. Anderson and Associates look forward to working with you to treat your dental emergency, achieve proper oral health and a beautiful smile that will last a lifetime. If you have any questions about your dental insurance benefits, please do not hesitate to contact us.  We are happy to review your policy! Please give us a call today to schedule an appointment and become part of our dental family.