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Generally speaking, if you have lost any permanent teeth you are a candidate for dental implants. However it’s important that you are in good health because there are some conditions and diseases that can affect whether dental implants are the answer for you.
For example uncontrolled diabetes, cancer, radiation to your jaws, smoking, alcoholism or uncontrolled periodontal (gum) disease may affect whether dental implants will fuse to your bone.

If it's not visible, why bother to replace a lost tooth?
If you want to keep your face looking the same you need to know about tooth loss and bone loss. It’s a fact that bone needs stimulation to maintain its form and density. In the case of the alveolar bone (it surrounds and supports your teeth) the necessary stimulation comes from the teeth themselves.

When you lose a tooth the resulting lack of stimulation causes loss of your alveolar bone. There is a 25% decrease in width of bone during the first year after tooth loss and an overall decrease in height over the next few years. After alveolar bone is lost, the bone beneath it, basal bone — the jawbone proper — also begins to resorb (melt away). The result can be a change in the shape of your jawline and your face.

Bone loss resulting from tooth loss can change the shape of your face.

How can dental implants help with bone loss?Because dental implants fuse to the bone, they stabilize it and prevent further bone loss. Only dental implants can stop resorption, a normal and inevitable process in which bone is lost when it is no longer supporting or connected to teeth.

Dental implants are the closest to human teeth, available at Campbell River dentists office

What kind of maintenance do implants require?
Implants do require some minimal maintenance. It is still important to practice good daily oral hygiene, including brushing and flossing. Special instruments may be necessary to clean your dental implants to prevent damage to their metal surface beneath the gum tissues. Your dentist will need to monitor your implants to make sure they are functioning adequately. In other words you will need regular checkups and hygiene appointments, just like you do now.

If you have suffered tooth loss you might consider consulting with Dr. Lathangue regarding dental implants. Contact Dogwood Dental, arm yourself with information and make an informed decision about dental implants.