Losing a tooth can impact more than just the appearance of your smile. A lost tooth can affect the way you speak, the way you eat, and over time can cause neighboring teeth to shift into the open space, which can lead to overcrowding and other complications. You have options for restoring your smile after having lost a tooth, but dental implants from your Northville, MI, dentist can offer a number of benefits over the alternatives. Dental implants do require a longer initial investment of time and although many are candidates, not everyone may be suitable for the procedure. To learn more about dental implants you can reach out to your local dental professional Dr. Paul Clancy.
A dental implant is held in place by a titanium post which is implanted directly onto the bone of your jaw. A process called osseointegration causes the bone to fuse around the post for a strong bond that can last a lifetime with proper care. This process requires healthy bone tissue at the spot of the implant, but even a patient who may be lacking may still be a candidate if they undergo a bone graft. A treatment that can help reinforce your bone tissue.
Along with strong bone tissue, dental implants require healthy gums as well. Gum disease is caused by bacteria that builds from your teeth and can spread to beneath your gums. From there it quickly grows and can damage the support structures of your teeth, which include gums and bone tissue. Gum disease must then be treated and managed before dental implants can be recommended.
To be a candidate for dental implants from your Northville, MI, dentist you will also need to have great dental hygiene habits. These can help you prevent gum disease prior to receiving your dental implants and can help make them last by protecting you from the condition in the future. Daily brushing and flossing, along with regular visits with your dentist are key to maintaining your smile.
Along with good dental habits, it's important to consider the not-so-good habits, such as smoking. Smoking has been associated with gum disease, and it can affect the healing of your dental implants. So much so that most dentists will recommend you stop smoking during this healing phase, or stop smoking altogether.
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Other health conditions can also impact your eligibility for the procedure, so if you want to know if you are a candidate for dental implants you can schedule a consultation with your Northville, MI, dentist Dr. Clancy by dialing (248) 349-3660.