Getting dental implants is the ideal way to replace lost teeth, but some people may be disappointed when they visit the dentist to hear that they are not a good candidate for implants. That means that the dentist has determined that due to the patient’s health or other factors, there is a lower chance than average of the implants successfully fusing to the bone and becoming a permanent part of the patient’s mouth. It can also mean that the patient simply doesn’t have one natural ingredient that is required for implants: sufficient healthy jaw bone.
If you have healthy teeth overall but lose a tooth to an accident, genetics or other issues that affect just one single tooth, a dental implant is the best method of replacement. An implant is permanent and doesn’t need wires or adhesives to hold it in place.
In order to be a candidate for dental implants, you must have sufficient bone in your jaw. Your mouth needs to properly support the implant to have a sturdy, permanent tooth replacement. In the past, if you were lacking bone in your jaw, dental implants wouldn’t have been an option for you.
Also known as third molars, wisdom teeth erupt in the back of the mouth, usually between the ages of 17 and 21 years old. Some people never experience problems with their wisdom teeth, but others experience pain, swelling, gum disease, an accumulation of bacteria, decay, root damage or other problems when they erupt. Others experience impaction, which occurs when the teeth remain buried in the jaw bones. If you are experiencing any of these issues, your DC Dental Spa dentist may recommend wisdom teeth extraction.