Are You a Good Candidate for Dental Implants?

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Dental ImplantsFor Fairbanks AK patients with missing teeth, dental implants can provide an incredibly realistic-looking and long-lasting solution to create a complete, healthy smile. Implants replace both the root and crown of a tooth to deliver the benefits of natural teeth. Dr. Fred Bast and Dr. John Bast are firm believers in the advantages of dental implants. Here, they discuss what makes a patient a good candidate for dental implants.

Dental Implant Anatomy
An implant consists of two main parts: a tiny titanium post inserted in the bone where a tooth root once existed and a crown placed atop the post via a special attachment. Bone tissue and implant post fuse in a process called osseointegration, which creates a secure foundation for replacement teeth.

Key Elements for Implant Success
Traditional replacement tooth alternatives sit atop gum tissue and replace the part of the tooth that shows. Because dental implant posts are actually placed in the jawbone, it’s important for implant patients to have adequate jawbone mass. (There are procedures to shore up bone mass. Dr. Bast will explain your options if you suffer from diminished jawbone structure.)

Good oral health, including the absence of gum disease, is also crucial. Advanced gum disease can destroy bone and gum tissue to create an unhealthy environment for implants. Ideally, implant patients have good overall health, too. Uncontrolled diabetes, immune system disorders, and other chronic health conditions can delay healing and compromise implant success. Patients who take steroids for immune system suppression and those who have received high-dose radiation therapy in the head or neck regions may need to consider other replacement teeth options.

Smoking is off limits if you’re considering dental implants. If you currently smoke, stop. Smoking slows the healing process and hinders the ability for the implants to take hold.

Increase Your Chance of Success
For the right patients, dental implants offer a 98% success rate and may last a lifetime with proper care. Call Bast Dental today to schedule a dental implants consultation and discover if implants are a good choice for you.