Candidates for Dental Implants
Dental implants are the standard in tooth replacement. They are considered the healthiest option for patients who have lost teeth because they become incorporated into the jawbone, which allows us to restore the smile using crowns, bridges, or dentures for a sturdy, comfortable smile. Dr. Lozada, our dental implants dentist in Lancaster, can help you decide if dental implants are the right choice for your smile.
Candidates for dental implants include:
• Those missing a single tooth
• Those missing multiple teeth
• Those missing all of their teeth
• Anyone missing teeth due to injury, dental disease, tooth decay, or birth defects
• Anyone whose jaws have stopped growing, which typically happens around 16 for girls and 18 for boys
For the best results, patients should be healthy enough to undergo a routine dental extraction or dental surgery, and have sufficient bone and gum tissue to support the implant. If you have poor bone quality or inadequate tissue, you may need to undergo bone or gum tissue grafts to stimulate tissue growths and improve the quality of the tissue in that area before the implant can be placed.
Patients who smoke, have certain systemic conditions, or who take certain medications may need to take certain additional steps to protect their dental and general health during the implant process. In most cases, implants are still a good choice even for those who have pre-existing conditions, as they restore the smile to the most natural possible state. Call us today to find out more about your restoration options or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Randy Lozada, our dentist in Lancaster.
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