Garland Implant Dentist Explains Candidacy for Procedure

Happy, smiling womanDo you want to permanently replace missing teeth? You could opt for a traditional bridge or denture, but dental implant patients enjoy enticing benefits. Implants allow a prosthetic to anchor in the jaw, like a natural tooth-and-root structure. Dentures will not slip or wobble; bridges do not require alteration of healthy teeth for supportive crowns. With good oral healthcare and in the absence of injury, implants can last for life!

Schedule your appointment with Dr. Tran today to discuss candidacy for dental implants. He will determine if you’re a good candidate now, or if you need prerequisite procedures to improve your candidacy. Call our Garland, TX dental office today at 469-969-0149.

Garland implant dentist Dr. Nghi Tran has treated many patients with dental implants, and he wants you to understand the factors that contribute to candidacy for this life-changing procedure. At your initial consultation, Dr. Tran will assess the condition of your oral health, gum tissues, and jawbone. To secure implants, good oral health and dense bone tissue are required.

Components of a Good Dental Implant Candidate

To be considered for dental implants, Dr. Tran will need to ensure that you are fit for surgery. Patients with certain health conditions may not be healthy enough for dental implant surgery.

The dentist will also assess the condition of your gums. If you have maintained healthy gums throughout your lifetime, you will most likely qualify for implants. When gum disease and poor oral health stand in the way of implant candidacy, Dr. Tran will work with you to treat the disease and re-establish good oral health for you. With healthy gums and the absence of disease, you should become a good candidate for implants.

It’s important to have a strong, healthy jawbone prior to placing implants, because the titanium bases will be surgically imbedded into your bone. If your jaw has atrophied because teeth have been missing for years, you can undergo a bone graft procedure. A graft uses bone from the roof of the mouth (or a tissue bank) to foster re-growth of natural bone tissue in the jaw. Once a patient’s jawbone is dense and healthy, he becomes a candidate for dental implants.

What Rules Out Candidacy

Dr. Tran takes pride in the longevity of the implants he places, so he will only suggest the procedure if he feels certain that your implant surgery will be successful.

If you’re a heavy smoker or have a history of alcohol or substance abuse, implants may not be the option for you. To maintain healthy dental implants, you will need to commit to seeing Dr. Tran on a regular basis so that he can assess the progress and integration of the implants.

People who have been diagnosed with medical conditions, such as diabetes, hemophilia, and immune deficiencies may not be good candidates for dental implant surgery. Along with these conditions, if you are pregnant or still growing jawbone (younger adults or children), alternative options will better meet your tooth replacement needs.

What Are Implants?

To administer dental implant treatment, expect two main visits. At a day surgery appointment, Dr. Tran will surgically imbed one or more biocompatible metal posts into your healthy jawbone. Your new dental implants will integrate with your gums and bone, in a process called osseointegration. Full integration usually takes three to six months.

Once solidly attached to your jaw, the implants will create a connection point for crowns, bridges, or dentures. Whether you’re missing a few teeth or an entire row of teeth, implants offer a solid, long-lasting option for tooth replacement.

Crowns & Bridges

Crowns and bridges are the perfect solution if you’re missing one tooth or two or more teeth in a row. By attaching a crown or bridge permanently to dental implants, Dr. Tran can offer you a lasting and reliable solution to replace your missing tooth/teeth. Implant-based crowns and bridges will leave you with an aesthetically pleasing smile, while returning full function of your mouth.

Dentures

At Hue Dental, implant dentist Dr. Tran offers partial and full dentures. Both types of dentures can be secured to dental implants. Partial dentures require the placement of two or more implants, whereas full dentures require the use of four or more implants (per arch). People who are frustrated with loose, ill-fitting, slipping dentures on the lower jaw often find complete satisfaction with implant-retained dentures.

Dr. Tran can help you determine if dental implants are a good fit for your unique needs. Schedule your appointment with him today in our Garland, TX dental office. Call 469-969-0149.

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