Dental Implants from Fitzgerald Dental Center: Are You a Candidate?

implantDental implants have revolutionized dentistry. They provide a natural-looking, long-lasting solution to replace missing teeth and stabilize ill-fitting dentures. I’m Dr. Lee Fitzgerald of Fitzgerald Dental Center in Plano. While almost anyone with an incomplete smile can benefit from dental implants, I’m often asked about the conditions crucial to implant success. Let’s discuss that.

Keys to Success

Ideal dental implants patients have:

Good oral health: A healthy mouth provides a firm foundation for dental implants. If you have gum disease, teeth that require extraction, or unresolved oral health issues, I’ll resolve those issues before proceeding with dental implants.

Good overall health: Certain chronic conditions, including diabetes, slow the healing process, which hinders jawbone tissue from adequately fusing with the implant posts that secure custom replacement teeth. I evaluate each patient’s current health status and medical history to determine candidacy for dental implants. I’ll be honest with you and let you know whether I feel dental implants are a good choice for you. If they’re not, I offer other solid, proven treatments to replace missing teeth and create beautiful, healthy smiles.

Sufficient jawbone mass: Implants are artificial tooth roots. During implant surgery, a tiny titanium post is inserted through gum tissue and into the jawbone. To support implants, patients must have good jawbone mass. High-tech CT-scanning technology provides detailed images of teeth and jaws to evaluate internal structures. If your jawbone needs shoring up to receive implants, I can perform a bone graft or sinus graft to increase mass.

A healthy lifestyle: Smoking slows healing, which can hinder the success of dental implants. At your consultation, be honest about your health habits. We’ll discuss how your lifestyle might affect implant placement and success, then decide the best route to achieve your ideal smile.

Age is not a factor in placing dental implants, although children whose mouths are still developing shouldn’t receive implants. If you’re considering implants but don’t know if they’re the right choice for your smile, schedule a complimentary consultation. We’ll talk through the considerations. I’m committed to give you your best smile.

Call Fitzgerald Dental Center today. Patients in Plano, North Dallas, and surrounding areas rely on me and my team for quality, comprehensive care and unsurpassed service.