The following is a general overview of frequently asked questions to help you determine if dental implants are right for you. For unanswered questions call the office of Dr. Burton Melton, the prosthodontist in Albuquerque. We are here to help you make the best decision about replacing missing teeth.
Are you missing a single tooth or multiple teeth?
Almost anyone can be considered a candidate for dental implants as an option for replacing missing teeth. Dental implants are uniquely versatile in that they can replace single teeth or a full mouth of teeth. Dental implants are a comfortable and natural looking option for replacing missing teeth.
Have you been missing teeth for a long time?
If you have been missing for a long time, there may be bone deterioration. The amount of bone loss you may be experiencing could require bone grafting before the placement of your dental implants. Having a sufficient amount of bone is important to the overall longevity and success of the implant. The implant(s) will also prevent further bone loss and provide your structure for your face.
Do you have existing dentures or dental bridges?
Dentures and dental bridges can cause complications that implants do not, such as slipping, precipitating bone loss and damaging surrounding teeth. If you currently have dentures or dental bridges replacing missing teeth, the implants can either reinforce what is already in place, or completely replace them. Dr. Burton will help you make the best decision during your consultation.
Do you have existing medical conditions?
If you currently have a medical condition that does not prevent you from having typical dental work, you should not have an issue with a dental implant procedure. Tell Dr. Burton about any existing medical conditions during your consultation so he can develop the safest and most effective treatment plan.
Do you have gum disease?
The presence of gum disease can affect the success of your dental implant. If your gum disease is in moderate to severe stages, treatment for it will be recommended before replacing missing teeth.
Are you a smoker?
Tell Dr. Melton during your consultation how much and how often you smoke. Smoking can affect the success of the implants and your overall dental health.
If you think dental implants may be right for you, call Dr. Burton, your dental implants prosthodontist in Albuquerque, to schedule a consultation.