By Dr. Padmaja Yalamanchili, DDS
December 02, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures

This is the only way to replace missing teeth for life. Find out if implants are right for you.

Tooth loss is not something that anyone should have to deal with, but unfortunately it affects millions of Americans. If you are currently in dental implantsthis boat, then it’s time you spoke with our Fairfax, VA dentist, Dr. Padmaja Yalamanchili, about your treatment options. Dental implants have become an extremely popular restoration for many people living with tooth loss and it could help you too! This little restoration can offer big results.

Not everyone is an ideal candidate for implants, which is why it’s important to sit down with our Fairfax restorative dentist to find out if implants are right for you. Here are some factors that we will need to consider to determine your candidacy:

Your oral and general health

Those who want to get implants must be in the best of health. While you may be suffering from tooth loss, you shouldn’t be dealing with cavities or uncontrolled gum disease prior to treatment. You also shouldn’t be dealing with unmanaged health problems like heart disease or diabetes. While simply having these issues doesn’t mean that you can’t ever get implants, we want to make sure that you have these issues under control first.

Your age

Implants are an amazing option for adults of all ages. You are never too old for implants, but you can be too young! Since the jawbone of teens and children are still growing, this means that they aren’t ideal candidate for implants. By placing an implant into the jawbone while its still developing the implant could stunt the full growth of the jaws. That’s why implants are truly only a great option for adults and older teens whose jawbone has fully developed.

Your habits

If you are a smoker then you are at a severely increased risk of implant failure. And if you don’t care for your smile properly you may also find that the implant won’t last as long as it should. That’s why it’s highly recommended that you quit smoking before getting implants and that you are truly dedicated to your oral care routine.

Your jawbone health

If you haven’t sought treatment right away then your jawbone may have lost a lot of density and strength during this time. If that is the case we may recommend getting bone grafting beforehand to strengthen the jawbone so that it can fully support the implant.

Dental implants are an amazing way to replace missing teeth in Fairfax, VA, and we believe you’ll agree once you see how they work. If you want to find out if you are an ideal candidate for implants then the next step is to call Fairfax Family Dentistry and schedule an appointment today.