Dr. Ashlea Drakeford of For You Dental offers dental implants in Dallas, Texas. Dr. Drakeford is well-skilled and experienced at providing safe and effective dental implant treatments.
What are dental implants?
Dental implants refer to artificial titanium tooth roots. They are surgically positioned into the jawbone beneath the gums. Dental implants are used as a fixed foundation for replacement teeth. Because they are fused to the jawbone, implants prevent the replacement teeth from moving around inside the mouth. They provide a strong and permanent foundation on which dentists can mount dental prosthesis such as dentures, dental crowns and bridges.
Are dental implants right for you?
The following types of patient are generally good candidates for dental implants:
- Those with good general and oral health
- Those with healthy gum tissues
- Those who have adequate jawbone that can support the dental implants
Generally, people with missing teeth are potential candidates for dental implants. However, it is necessary that you are in good health before Dr. Drakeford will recommend dental implants for you. This is because there are some medical conditions that can affect results. For example, if you suffer from cancer or receive radiation therapy to your jaws, or have a condition like diabetes, alcoholism, or severe periodontal (gum) disease, or smoke, then dental implant placement may not be possible. Any one of these conditions can affect how well the dental implants fuse to the jawbone. Dental implants may also not be advisable for those with leukemia and other chronic illnesses since these medical conditions may greatly affect the healing process following surgery.
If you’re looking at dental implants as an option for your missing teeth, visit For You Dental and let Dr. Drakeford conduct an examination to determine if you have healthy gums and adequate jawbone to support the implants.