Thanks to a number of recent advances, dental implants are now available to more patients than ever before. If you’re looking for a real solution to fill the gaps in your smile caused by missing teeth, Dr. Jeffery Platt can help you find the restoration that’s right for you.
Dental implants are the only restoration that reverses the damage caused by missing teeth — they help preserve your smile by stimulating healthy jawbone growth and preventing your remaining natural teeth from shifting around.
Another advantage of dental implants is that they look fantastic. That’s because they’re custom-made to blend in with your natural teeth. And dental implants are part of your smile, so they won’t shift around or come out while you’re eating the way dentures can.
Even if you’re not in perfect health, dental implants could still be the right answer for you. That’s because Dr. Platt features a number of solutions to get you ready for the dental implant process.
Sometimes a patient who’s a good candidate for dental implants doesn’t have enough bone mass around the empty socket to provide a secure base to support an implant. This can be remedied through bone grafting, where we attach a small piece of bone tissue to the part of the jawbone where your implant will go.
Some issues, such as pregnancy, temporarily prevent a patient from receiving dental implants. It’s not medically advisable to undergo an elective medical procedure such as surgical implant placement when you’re expecting, but we’ll be happy to schedule the implant process as soon as you’re ready.
Patients should also be finished growing before we begin the implant process. Everyone doesn’t mature at the same rate, so if your son or daughter hasn’t reached the age of 18, feel free to consult with Dr. Platt about when they’ll be ready for dental implants.
There are some behaviors such as tobacco use, substance abuse, and heavy drinking that can seriously hamper your body’s ability to adjust to dental implants. This must be terminated before we can consider a patient for the procedure.
There are also some medical issues such as autoimmune disorders that make implant surgery medically inadvisable.
Good candidates for dental implants are people in good general health with sufficient bone mass and gum density in place to support dental implants.
In some cases, patients who do not immediately qualify for dental implants may be able to undergo a gum grafting or bone grafting procedure. These will build up those respective structures of the mouth so that they are sturdy enough to support dental implants. If patients are ineligible for those treatments, they can still get removable dental restorations.
During your free consultation, Dr. Platt will review your situation and go over your treatment options. Give us a call at (719) 355-7420 to learn more, or just fill out the submission form on this page and we’ll get right back to you. Are you ready for your new smile?