When you have missing teeth, it’s hard to decide between your tooth restoration options. From dentures to bridges to implants and crowns, how do you know what’s best for you?

Dental implants are widely regarded as one of the best solutions for those with tooth loss, as they offer many health benefits that even other tooth replacement options can’t. They’re also far less maintenance than many other options. However, if tooth decay and gum disease has damaged your jawbone, you may not be able to receive implants.

So what makes you a candidate for dental implants, and why you should consider them when looking into tooth restoration options from your dentist in Boston, MA? Read on to find out.

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Are Your Gums & Jaw Healthy?

The first question that must be answered when determining if you’re a candidate for dental implants is the health of both your gums and your jaw. The reason behind this is simple. Implants are implanted in your jaw, anchored to your gums and bone tissue just like a natural tooth. If the tissue in the area is weak, it may not be able to support an implant.

If you’ve lost teeth due to periodontitis (or gum disease, as it’s commonly called) then your gum and jaw health may be in question. However, a simple examination and X-ray will be enough to determine if your mouth is healthy enough to handle dental implants in Boston, MA.

How’s Your Oral Hygiene?

You can’t get implants if you’re currently fighting periodontitis.Since it’s a surgical procedure to insert implants into your jaw, any stray bacteria from gum disease can pose a risk to the implant which may cause it to fail. It’s a far better plan to get a handle on your oral health, rid your mouth of all infections, and commit yourself to a good oral health regimen before seeking dental implants. At CITIDental High Street, we can help you improve the health of your mouth in preparation for implants.

Additionally, if you have a history of grinding your teeth, you’ll want to bring that up with your dentist. You can still get implants if you grind your teeth while sleeping, but you’ll need to commit to wearing a mouth guard in order to protect your remaining natural teeth, as well as the new implanted teeth.

Are There Any Health Problems That Might Interfere?

In some cases, existing health conditions or medications can prevent even a minor surgery like dental implant placement. If you have a depressed or compromised immune system, that is one major roadblock to receiving dental implants. Make sure to tell us if you have any ongoing medical conditions or take any medications, so that we can help keep you safe from complications.

Why Dental Implants?

A lot of people wonder why they’d choose implants over other tooth restoration options, such as dentures. Implants have many great benefits, and we’ll look at a few of them.

Implants look, act, and feel just like natural teeth. In fact, after they’re inserted into your gums, the only one who can really tell they’re artificial is your own dentist! This tends to make them the most stable and comfortable tooth replacement option, even compared to other fixed tooth replacements like bridges.

Additionally, implants last as long as you’re willing to take care of them. And the care is simple: dental implants only need to be brushed and flossed like your regular teeth to keep them clean and the surrounding gums healthy. Dental implants can’t get cavities, and don’t need fittings or adjustments as dentures do.

Finally, and perhaps most importantly, dental implants offer health benefits over all other options. Any tooth replacement has some benefits, like renewed confidence and support for teeth which would otherwise drift into the gap left by a missing tooth. But dental implants also help stimulate the jawbone in a way that no other tooth replacement option does, preventing bone loss and facial collapse.

At the end of the day, it’s worth it to do your homework on tooth restoration options, and speak with as many experts as possible before making your decision. We’re more than happy to answer any questions you may have about the dental implant process. For more information on the process and benefits, contact CITIDental High Street today!

Why Choose CITIDental High Street

At CITIDental High Street, we are dedicated to excellence in comprehensive oral health and dental care services. Our goal is to meet all your needs with the talents and skills of different specialties in one office – that is what comprehensive means. We offer a complete range of cosmetic services, preventive care, and restorative care right in the heart of the financial district. Contact us today for an appointment.

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