A missing tooth is the most visible cosmetic problem with your teeth and the one most likely to make people think your smile is unattractive and unhealthy. Dental implants not only restore your smile’s healthy and attractive appearance, they replace the entire structure of your tooth. This helps them look like your natural teeth, lets you eat all your favorite foods, and means you don’t have to worry about any special care.
Dr. Debra Cederbaum not only has 30 years’ experience in performing cosmetic dentistry procedures, she has dedicated training in dental implants at the Misch Institute for Implants. To learn how Dr. Cederbaum can help you, please call 206-524-1314 or email us today for an appointment at her dental office in Seattle.
Advantages of Dental Implants
Dental implants are the best tooth replacement technique because they mimic the structure of your natural teeth with both an artificial root and an attractive dental crown. This gives them many advantages, including:
- Look just like a natural tooth
- Allow you to eat all your favorite foods
- No special care required: just brush, floss, and make routine exams and cleanings
- Stimulates your jawbone to prevent resorption
- No wear or modification of adjacent teeth for support
- With proper care can last longer than other options
This makes them better than competing options such as dentures or dental bridges.
Why Replace a Missing Tooth
If you are missing a tooth, you have more than just a cosmetic problem. Your teeth work together as a team, and when one is missing, the rest of your teeth—and your jaw—suffer. Teeth can begin to drift, your teeth may be more likely to suffer excessive wear or breakage, and your jawbone can begin to dissolve.
Dental implants can serve the role of the missing tooth and hold your neighboring teeth in place. It can also help support the teeth, reducing the risk of wear, decay, or breakage. Finally, dental implants are anchored in the jawbone, which means that they stimulate the jawbone and prevent your body from removing it, which occurs when people replace teeth with dentures or dental bridges.
Am I a Candidate for Dental Implants?
Another benefit of dental implants is that almost everyone is a candidate for the procedure. The ideal candidate for dental implants has lost one or more teeth and:
- Has no gum disease
- Has good bone density and quantity
- Is a nonsmoker
- Isn’t taking medications that can interfere with healing
Even if you don’t meet all these criteria, you can usually get dental implants. It may just take longer. Gum disease will have to be treated. You may require a bone graft, which takes time to heal. You will have to quit smoking for at least the time of the procedure (and it’s best if you quit completely—it increases your risk of implant failure). We can talk to your doctor about your medications and determine how they might be changed to be compatible with the dental implant procedure.
Want to learn whether you can get dental implants? Please contact us today for an appointment with Dr. Cederbaum in Seattle.