Choosing to replace your missing teeth with dental implants can dramatically improve your smile and your quality of life. Even if you are replacing only one missing tooth, you may find that the open space in your mouth causes a lot of frustration on a day-to-day basis. Unlike other prosthetics that may require occasional improvement, implants can last the rest of your life and do not require special care. Though you may be quite familiar with the advantages of implants, you may not know quite where you stand when it comes to your candidacy. To learn more about whether you will qualify for this restorative treatment, read further:
You Are Missing One Or More Teeth
A dental implant replaces missing teeth. Fortunately, you can expect to replace any configuration of missing teeth with this solution. To understand candidacy as it relates to your preferences, it is important to understand your options. Consider the following:
- Single Implants: You may make a good candidate for single implants if you would like to replace one tooth at a time with an implant and a dental crown. You can choose this treatment for one tooth, many teeth, or even a full arch of teeth.
- Multiple Implants: Some patients prefer to have fewer implants placed than teeth they need replaced. This often occurs when a patient is looking for a way to gain added stability for a prosthetic like a partial or full denture, which we can outfit to rest securely over dental implants.
You Are Healthy
Placing implants requires surgery. We will need to verify that your health is in good enough standing for you to qualify for the surgical implantation of the dental implant posts.
Your Jaw Is Healthy
We place dental implants into your jawbone for lasting support. If your jawbone is not healthy, then you may not qualify as a candidate for implants. The good news is that bone grafting may provide you with the necessary jaw health improvement to qualify you for implants.
You Are Open To Complex Care
Recovery after implant placement will require several months. If you are looking for a quick solution, we may need to discuss alternative options, like dental bridges.
ABOUT YOUR LAKE FOREST, IL DENTIST:
Aside from providing dependable general and restorative dentistry services to our community, Dr. James Fondriest also holds respected academic appointments at the Pankey Institute in Key Biscayne, FL, and the Spear Institute in Scottsdale, AZ, and he is an adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Prosthodontics at the University of Florida Dental School. Dr. Fondriest combines his impressive array of experience with modern technology and caring, compassionate, knowledgeable staff, and we proudly serve patients from Chicago and all surrounding communities. To schedule a consultation, call our office today at (847) 234-0517.