Am I a good candidate for dental implants?
Dental implants are considered the best option for tooth replacement, but it’s natural to wonder if they might be right for you. The good news is that most patients who come to our West Covina, CA are able to get dental implants. Those who may have issues that prevent them from getting dental implants can often get treatment, so they can support a dental implant afterward.
In addition to their fantastic form and function—dental implants look and feel very much like natural teeth—patients who get dental implants also report the following benefits:
- You don’t have to do anything special to take care of dental implants. There are no special cleaners or tools—other than your toothbrush, toothpaste, and dental floss. Your implants cannot develop tooth decay like your natural teeth, but you can still get gum disease, so brushing and flossing are still crucial for your overall oral health.
- You have no food restrictions with dental implants the way denture-wearers do. Chewing with dental implants is just like chewing with your natural teeth.
- You won’t have to get dental implants adjusted or replaced. As long as you take good care of them, they can last a lifetime.
Another benefit most patients don’t immediately consider is the fact that dental implants will protect the health of the jawbone. When teeth are missing, the bone begins to shrink, which is why denture-wearers develop an aged, sunken-in look.