Am I a Candidate for Dental Implants?
More and more patients are choosing dental implants over dentures or bridges for their convenience and natural appearance. Because dental implants become part of your jaw, they look and feel just like real teeth. And if properly cared for, they’ll last a lifetime.
Dental implants are just one of the many tooth replacement options that Dr. Michael Negru offers his patients at Beaverton cosmetic dentistry office.
A dental implant is a small titanium screw that’s surgically implanted into your jawbone. Over time, the bone actually fuses with the implant so that it becomes a physical part of your body. A dental crown attaches to the top of the implant to create an artificial tooth that looks and functions just like the real thing.
Because dental implant placement requires oral surgery, you need to meet a few criteria to be considered a good candidate. Dental implants may be the right choice for you if you:
- Are in generally good health
- Have sufficient jawbone structure to support the implant
- Are free of gum disease
- Don’t smoke or are willing to quit
- Don’t have uncontrolled diabetes
- Don’t suffer from untreated bruxism
Some patients may require some minor preparatory work like bone grafts. Dr. Negru will discuss any of these needs at the time of your evaluation. If Dr. Negru does not feel you are a good candidate for dental implants, he may recommend dental bridges or dentures as an alternative.
If you’re ready to discover how dental implants can brighten your smile, improve your quality of life, and promote good oral health, please contact Bright Smile Dental Care today to schedule your consultation. Dr. Negru serves patients in the Beaverton, Oregon area.