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Am I a Candidate for Dental Implants?

November 26, 2018
Posted By: Dr. Patrick Shipp
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Dental implants are widely accepted as the best option for tooth replacement because they so closely resemble natural teeth in both appearance and function. We get many inquiries about dental implants in our Columbus, MS dental practice, and many people wonder if they are a good candidate for dental implants.

What Are Dental Implants?

Dental implants are titanium fixtures that are placed into the jawbone to replace a missing tooth root. The procedure is well-tolerated by most people and usually performed with a local anesthetic. Recovery is quick, but there is a healing period of three to four months before the implant fully integrates with the jawbone. After that time, your dentist will attach the dental crown to your new tooth “root.”

Are Dental Implants Successful?

The success rate for dental implants is quite high—usually around 90 percent or more. The implants are made from titanium, which is accepted by the body, so there is little chance of rejection. The main issue is to ensure there is an adequate amount of bone to support the implants. If there isn’t, there are procedures, such as bone grafting, that can help beef up the bone.

How Can I Find Out if Dental Implants Are Right for Me?

The chances that you are a good candidate for dental implants are excellent. There are a few medical conditions that inhibit the success rates of implants. Smokers have lower success rates as well. We have placed dental implants in people of all ages, from their teens through their nineties. The best way to find out for sure is to see a dentist for an examination.

Call Shipp Family Dentistry for a Consultation

Stop wondering about dental implants and call our Columbus, MS practice to find out if they are the right tooth replacement option for your situation. We look forward to meeting you!


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