If you’re missing one or more teeth, it’s crucial that you take action to replace them as soon as possible. Failing to replace missing teeth can result in a variety of serious oral health issues, including:
- Remaining teeth may shift to fill in the gap, causing bite alignment issues
- Remaining teeth must shoulder a heavier load, increasing the risk of an overload fracture
- Deterioration of the jawbone
- Additional tooth loss
- Difficulty chewing
- Increased risk of gum recession
In general, dental implants provide you with the most effective and long-lasting tooth replacement solution. However, they aren’t right in every situation. During your initial visit, Dr. Binon will evaluate the health of your teeth, gums, and jawbone to determine the best option for your unique needs.
Are You a Good Dental Implant Candidate?
In order to determine whether dental implants are right for you, it’s important to first figure out whether you are a good candidate for the procedure. In general, good dental implant candidates:
- Do not suffer from gum disease or other oral health issues
- Have sufficient bone density in their jaw to accommodate the placement of a dental implant
- Do not have any bite alignment issues
- Don’t take any medications or have any health conditions which may adversely impact bone healing
- Are willing to commit the time necessary to complete the lengthy dental implant process
- Don’t smoke
- Are not pregnant
In some situations, you may be able to undergo treatment to address one of the criteria that are holding you back from being considered a good dental implant candidate. For example, if you lack sufficient jawbone density, Dr. Binon may be able to perform a bone graft that will allow you to accommodate the placement of the implant. Similarly, you may be considered a good candidate after gum disease or some other oral health issue has been resolved.
Other Factors to Consider when Deciding if Dental Implants are Right for You
Some factors that may impact whether you should consider dental implants include:
- The number of teeth you are missing – Dental implants are more expensive than the alternative tooth replacement solutions. If you are only missing a few teeth, then dental implants are likely the right approach. However, if you are missing a large number of teeth, you might want to consider a more affordable solution. In some instances, dental implants can be combined with other options to provide a more cost-effective option. For example, implant-supported dentures can provide a much more stable, durable solution to replace an entire arch of missing teeth than can be achieved with traditional dentures.
- Your budget – Whenever you are considering an expensive procedure, you must make sure you can fit the treatment into your budget. Dr. Binon believes that all of his patients should have access to the most effective treatment options. To accomplish this goal, he offers a variety of financing options that will help you fit dental implants into your budget.
- Location of your missing tooth – Dental implants are the only option to replace your missing root along with your missing tooth. As a result, your dental implant restoration will restore full bite function, making it an especially effective option when replacing a missing tooth that plays a major role in chewing food.
- Your willingness to maintain your dental restoration – Because dental implants provide you with a permanent restoration, there is very little maintenance involved beyond your daily oral hygiene regimen. In contrast, dentures must be removed at night for cleaning and maintenance. If you prefer to avoid the hassles of cleaning and maintaining a removable restoration, then dental implants are a great option to consider.
Contact our Sacramento Implant Dentist
If you need to replace missing teeth, please contact Dr. Paul Binon using the form on this page or call 916-786-6676 today to schedule an appointment. We serve patients in Sacramento, Roseville and throughout the surrounding areas of California.