Tooth loss can be caused by many ailments like gum disease, tooth decay, or trauma. When a tooth is lost, the alveolar bone which helped support the tooth will begin to atrophie and bone loss begins to occur. Not only can you lose bone, but your teeth may shift around and you can experience bite problems and jaw pain.
Luckily, modern dental implant technology has over a 95% success rate, are as strong as natural teeth, and you can restore a single tooth or many. They can also be used to stabilize a denture or a bridge, increasing both utility and comfort. Keep in mind that the fastest bone loss ocurrs in the first six months after a tooth is lost, so don't delay asking our team of sacramento general dentists if you're a good candidate for dental implants.
Here are 4 things to consider before getting dental implants:
Age: If you are a child or teenager, your bones (including your jawbone) are still growing, so placing a permanent post in your jawbone is not advisable until you are older.
Pregnancy: If you are currently pregnant, our Sacramento dental implants dentist will most likely recommend waiting to receive a dental implant until after the baby is born.
Smoking: The rate of success for a dental implant is considerably lower for smokers than for non-smokers.
Disease: Chronic diseases like hemophilia, uncontrolled diabetes, and significant immune deficiencies could put you at risk if you undergo dental implant placement. Ask your dentist to assess your individual case and let you know.
Want to learn more about dental implants in Sacramento, the cost of dental implants, and see if you are a good candidate? Request an appointment or give us a call at (916)442-8911. We are dedicated to your lifetime of dental health!