Could Implants Help My Smile?
By McLean Dental Care
January 18, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Don’t let tooth loss ruin your smile. Let implants bring your smile back to life.

While losing a tooth can be scary, you might be surprised to hear about all the other complications and repercussions that happen if you dental implantsdon’t have our McLean, VA dentists, Dr. Cecilia Gyllenhoff or Dr. Samuel Cappiello, treat your tooth loss.

With a now open gap in your smile, the rest of your teeth have the ability to shift into that open gap causing a misaligned or even crooked smile. Also, you will begin to lose bone density as the jawbone recedes, leading to unsightly structural changes in the face like sunken cheeks and a shorter jawline. To stop these issues from happening it’s time you considered getting dental implants in McLean.

If you are missing one or more teeth, then you could be a good candidate for dental implants. Most healthy individuals are. Of course, you will need to come into our office so we can make sure that implants align with your specific treatment goals and that you are healthy enough for implants. Factors that we will consider include:

Your age: The jaws of children and teens are still growing. Putting implants in too early will stunt the growth of the jaw. That’s why young patients aren’t ideal candidates for implants. Our family dentist would be happy to talk to you about other options for a child or teen dealing with missing teeth.

Your health: We will examine your smile to make sure that teeth, gums and bones are healthy enough for dental implants. Those with untreated gum disease will need to be treated before they can get implants. Those with severe bone loss may require bone-grafting surgery prior to placing the implant.

Also, your general health matters when it comes to your candidacy for dental implants. Those with chronic health conditions like diabetes, heart disease or a history of stroke should let us know about your conditions. While this doesn’t necessarily mean you can’t get implants, we will want to make sure that you are getting the treatment you need to properly manage your health problems. Those undergoing radiation therapy, chemotherapy or those with a compromised immune system will not be good candidates for implants.

Other restorations: If you are already a denture-wearer who hates that they don’t stay in place and finds it difficult to adjust to eating and speaking with this appliance then you may find solace in dental implants. Implants fuse together with your jawbone, so this restoration stays put all the time. You won’t have to worry about dentures moving around in your mouth while you eat or making embarrassing smacking sounds when you talk. We can replace your dentures with implants. Implants can also be used to support your removable dentures.

McLean Dental Care in McLean, VA is here to provide you with the ultimate in dental care, whether you need to restore or cosmetically enhance your smile or you just need to schedule your upcoming cleaning. Call us today to learn more!