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15Feb2011

Are Dental Implants The Thing For You?

MOST PEOPLE DON’T REALIZE HOW SERIOUS OF AN ISSUE HAVING MISSING TEETH REALLY IS. Not only can gaps in your smile have negative affects on your social opportunities, confidence, and others’ perception of you, Dr. Cuevas adds, “unattended missing teeth can also lead to tooth shifting, bone and gum deterioration, and even alteration of your face shape.”


Choosing to replace a missing tooth immediately, instead of waiting several years, allows you to prevent more expensive treatments later. Many patients find implant dentistry a worthy investment since it has a 90-95% success rate, making it one of the most successful dental procedures available.

Many factors play into the success of a dental implant. A few common components that Dr. Cuevas will look for include:

Good overall health—Since implant dentistry is a surgical procedure, you need to be in good health. Patients who drink alcohol, smoke, or have diabetes typically have lower success rates with dental implants since these conditions lower oral health and can affects the healing process of the implant.

Adequate bone support—Dental implants fuse with the jawbone in order to anchor the tooth, so adequate bone density and quality is one of the most important requirements for success with dental implants. Children typically don’t qualify for implant dentistry since their bones have not fully developed. Bone grafts and mini implants are sometimes considered for patients who do not have enough bone support.

Commitment to Oral Health—Implant Dentistry requires excellent dental hygiene. A commitment to daily brushing and flossing, along with frequent periodic visits to the dentist is crucial. Don’t forget that these hygiene habits are crucial to preserving the health and strength of your natural teeth as well.

Healthy Gums—Healthy gums are another necessary requirement to support new dental implants as they fuse with the jawbone. Patients with a high risk of periodontal (gum) disease often experience dental implant failure.

No Teeth Clenching—Visit with Dr. Cuevas if you struggle with bruxism, or teeth clenching as it can also decrease success rates of dental implants.

The best way to determine whether or not you are a candidate for dental implants is to visit with Dr. Cuevas. He’ll help you determine whether implant dentistry is the best solution for your smile.

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