Am I a candidate for dental implants?
If you are an adult who has missing teeth and are thinking about replacing them, you can’t make a better choice than dental implants. They are the tooth replacement that mimics the structure, form, and function of a natural tooth, which is why they are now considered the standard of care for tooth loss.
Placing a dental implant is not a complicated procedure, but it is surgical in nature because we place the implant in your jaw bone. Generally speaking, though, most people who are healthy enough for oral surgery are candidates for dental implants.
But the determining factor is the quantity and quality of bone in your jaw where we will place the implant. When you chew, you exert tremendous force on your teeth, and if there isn’t sufficient bone to absorb it, implant placement would likely fail.
What if you don't have enough bone for an implant?
However, all is not lost if you don’t have sufficient bone because you may be a candidate for bone grafting. This is a procedure where a specialist takes bone from another part of your body and transplants it to your jaw bone to supply the stability and support the implant needs to be successful.
If you’re considering dental implants in Brentwood, TN, please call Sullivan Dental Partners. We will be happy to arrange a commitment-free consultation with Dr. Rick or Dr. Sully so they can explain the process and answer your questions.