By Jill Markos, DDS
September 18, 2014
Category: Dental Procedures
Dental implants can be a true smile saver for the right candidate. Not only do they serve their purpose to replace the missing tooth, but they stimulate bone growth in the jaw, leading to a healthier mouth, overall. But how do you know if they're right for you?
And no, you don’t have to be a spring chicken. If you’re in need of a new tooth or teeth, but feel like you’re just too young for removable dentures, you may be the perfect candidate for dental implants from your Vancouver dentist, Dr. Jill Markos. Sometimes it just doesn’t make sense to get dentures when you’ve got years ahead of you. You want to be sure that your mouth remains healthy and your smile beautiful for the rest of your life, and when you’re young, it’s a wise investment.
Dental implants can require multiple surgeries: one to extract the tooth if it is still in the mouth and one to install the implant, itself. Because the mouth is full of bacteria that can get into the open area, antibiotics may be required for the procedure. Antibiotics can sometimes strip the intestines of good flora, so it’s essential that the patient has a strong immune system that can both fight off infection and handle the medicine. It’s also essential that your mouth have good bone density so that the implant takes properly and is able to integrate into your jawbone.
You take good care of your mouth
Just because you need a dental implant doesn’t mean you don’t take excellent care of your mouth; not all teeth need to be removed due to decay. But you absolutely must practice optimal oral hygiene both between and after the surgeries to install the implants. Just like any other cosmetic dentistry procedures, maintaining good oral health will help the implants last as long as possible, which for many, is a lifetime. Smokers and those with chronic medical conditions, such as diabetes, may not be the best candidate and just as any other patient, will need to speak with Dr. Markos before a decision can be made.
Call Jill Markos, DDS Today!
Dental implants involve a lot of commitment but are an excellent option for tooth replacement for those that meet the requirements. To see if implants are right for you, contact the Vancouver dental office of Dr. Jill Markos today. Have you recieved Dental Implants at Jill Markos, DDS? If so, we would love to hear about your experince below!