Are Dental Implants Right for Me?

By Valerin Dental Group
November 09, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Dental ImplantAre you looking for a tooth loss treatment in Peoria, IL, to suit your needs?

When people think about tooth loss, they often conceptualize it as something that happens mostly to young children or seniors; however, anyone can lose a tooth. In fact, did you know that 69 percent of Americans between the ages of 35 to 44 have lost at least one tooth? Since you can’t get your tooth back, why not get the next best thing? Dental implants are the closest thing to a real tooth and our Peoria, IL, dentist, Dr. Manny Valerin, is happy to offer them to adults missing one or more teeth.

What is a dental implant?

An implant is a small metal screw or post that is designed to take the place of your missing tooth’s roots. Even though you don’t see the roots of your teeth, they are vitally important for your oral health, as they provide the jawbone with the stimulation it needs to continue producing healthy new bone cells throughout your life. Without these roots, your jawbone would begin to deteriorate. To prevent this, our Peoria, IL, cosmetic dentist will place an implant into the jawbone where your missing tooth used to be, preserving the jawbone.

Over time, the implant and jawbone will fuse together to become one. When this happens the implant is now a permanent part of your mouth. Even though you won’t be able to see the metal implant, it will provide a stable and resilient foundation to support a false tooth (and, in some cases, false teeth).

Who is a good candidate for dental implants?

So, if implants sound like the best approach for treating your tooth loss, the next step is to find out whether you might be right for this restoration. There are many factors that go into your candidacy. Of course, many adults who are missing one or more teeth are often good candidates for implants.

To determine whether implants are right for you, we will need to examine your mouth to check the health of your teeth and gums. Your mouth should be free of cavities and gum disease. We will also perform imaging tests to check the density and health of your jawbone to make sure it’s strong enough to support an implant.

We will also go through your medical history to discuss any serious or chronic health problems such as cardiovascular disease or diabetes, which could affect the healing process or part of your treatment. We will need to make sure that you are taking care of these conditions and that they are being properly managed with medication and a healthy lifestyle.

Contact us today!

Are you interested in speaking with our Peoria, IL, family dentist about getting dental implants? Are you ready to sit down with us and find out if implants are right for you? If so, call Valerin Dental Group today at (309) 693-2310 to schedule a consultation with us.