Dental Implants Are Versatile
Another great thing about dental implants is that they are versatile. We can use them to replace any number of lost teeth. We can use a single dental implant to replace one lost tooth or use All-on-4 to support an entire arch of lost teeth with just four dental implants. This makes them different from dental bridges, which are usually only good for replacing a single lost tooth.
Plus, most people are good candidates for dental implants. To get dental implants, you need only meet three criteria:
- Have one or more missing teeth
- Be old enough that the jawbone has finished growing
- Be healthy enough for surgery
That’s all. Of course, you need to have missing teeth–or teeth that need extraction–to get dental implants. They’re tooth replacements!
The main way that implants differ from natural teeth is how they respond to bone growth and bone changes. We don’t want to risk potential complications. You need to let your jaw finish growing before you get dental implants–and it’s best not to get orthodontic treatment if you have implants!
Although dental implant surgery is minor surgery, it’s still surgery, so we want to make sure you’re healthy enough. Our Palmetto Bay implant dentists will consult with your doctor for details of your health history. Note that this usually means pregnant women should wait to get implants until after they have their baby or babies.
For good candidates, dental implants are highly successful–they have a 98% success rate!