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Making Your Mouth Healthier to Improve Your Odds of Getting Dental Implants

Posted on 10/30/2010 by Ankur Johri
Making Your Mouth Healthier to Improve Your Odds of Getting Dental ImplantsDental implants are a wonderful, permanent way to combat tooth loss, but not everyone is a candidate. You need to be in good oral and overall health in order to receive dental implants.

Even if your oral health isn't up to standards now, there are things you can do to make your mouth healthier for implants in the future.

Treat Gum Disease

In order to support a new dental implant, you need to have an adequate supply of healthy gum tissue. This is essential to ensure the implant fuses to the jaw bone. If you have a gingivitis, simply improving your oral health at home can cure the disease, but the more advanced periodontitis will require professional dental intervention.

Consider Grafting

In addition to gum support, you also need adequate bone in the jaw to anchor the implants. For some people, this requires jaw bone grafting prior to the procedure. This can give you enough bone structure to adequately support the implant, but it does extend out the process significantly.

Quit Smoking

Smoking is a major problem for your oral health, especially if you are interested in dental implants. Smoking damages the gums and can impede the healing process after an implant is placed. You'll want to quit smoking prior to a dental implant procedure.

Treat Bruxism

If you clench and grind your teeth at night, you'll need treatment before you get dental implants. Teeth clenching is associated with decreased implant dentistry success rates, but we can help you to overcome this issue.

If you are interested in getting dental implants, the first thing to do is call our office to set up an appointment. We will evaluate your oral health and make suggestions regarding what you can do to improve your odds of getting dental implants. Our goal is to help you get the beautiful and functional smile of your dreams.
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