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Apr
23

When Should You Get a Dental Implant?

Posted in Dental Implants

Getting a dental implant is a big commitment. So if you want to get one, you have to time things carefully.

When is the best time to start? Here are a few things to keep in mind during the decision process.

When Your Oral Health Is Good

Your mouth needs to be free of disease and infection before you can have dental implants placed.

When Your Overall Health Is Stable

Getting an implant isn’t major surgery, but you’ll do better if your body is strong enough to heal quickly and ward off infection. Talk with both your dentist and your primary care physician to find out if you’re in a good position to get major dental work.

When You Have Enough “Mature” Bone

Implants thrive in bone tissue that’s completely developed. Kids and most teens don’t qualify for the treatment. But as long as your jaw is finished growing, you’re in the clear.

If you’ve lost some bone tissue because of gum disease or missing teeth, then you might need to consider bone grafting before it’s stable enough to support an implant.

When You’re Caught Up on Other Dental Treatment

Do you need to have any teeth extracted to make room for an implant? Has your dentist suggested orthodontic treatment? Do your gums need therapy to get inflammation under control?

Some procedures can wait until after you get an implant but others can’t. Your dentist will want to make sure your mouth is healthy before you pursue implant therapy and you might need time to recover.

To find out the best time for you to get an implant, talk with your personal dentist.

Posted on behalf of :
Prime Dental Care
417 Wall St
Princeton, NJ 08540
(609) 651-8618

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