Thursday, December 26, 2013
Re-Considering Dental Implants
Over the years, dental implants have gained in popularity. It’s easy to understand why. A dental implant is placed into bone and, once integrated, will provide stable support for individual teeth or even dentures. But for some they may have been told they were not candidates.
“Years ago, a number of contra-indications kept some patients from having access to dental implants,” says Dr. Judith Ko from her Hemet Valley, California Cosmetic and GeneralDental Practice, “but things have changed since then and perhaps it’s time to discuss dental implants with your dentist again.”
Recently there have been significant changes, not only to the implants themselves, but also in the techniques and designs that allow many patients previously unable to consider implants to enjoy the stability they provide. “If you once had thought about implants only to learn you were not a candidate, perhaps it’s time you revisit the issue with your dentist,” adds Dr. Ko, “You might find that a dental implant could be a possibility.”
For example, not long ago, diabetics were not considered good candidates for implants. Now the consensus is that controlled diabetics can many times find success with implants, as can patients who previously had radiation therapy and those who it was felt did not have enough bone to work with.
One of the best reasons to re-consider dental implants is the success rate of implants. “Dental implants can provide people with improved enjoyment of food, better digestive health and a lovely appearance,” says Dr. Ko. Find out today if you might now be a candidate for a dental implant.