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Replacing the missing teeth in your mouth is always a good idea. In addition to giving you a full and attractive smile, a full set of teeth can help you to speak more clearly, and to chew your food. Additionally, those spaces in your mouth provide extra places for bacteria to breed, and plaque to accumulate. Spaces in your smile will allow your remaining teeth to drift out of their proper alignment, and create a bad bite. In such a situation, your teeth may strike each other at improper angles. That can cause a loss of enamel and tooth decay.

Because dental implants provide a strong, fixed, permanent replacement for missing teeth, they are a very popular restoration option. If you are considering implants, you will need to have an honest discussion with your dentist about your medical condition, your oral hygiene habits, and your lifestyle. There may be factors could cause your implants to fail, and your dentist may suggest another restoration option.

Most people will have no problem with dental implants. However you must have healthy gums and enough jawbone to support them. Another very important factor in whether or not implants are right for you is your commitment to good oral hygiene, especially if you use tobacco or drugs. If you grind your teeth, there is a chance you could damage your implants. You must also be willing to follow all of the dentist’s instructions for aftercare and follow-up visits.

If your jawbones have not stopped growing, you have had radiation treatment to your head and neck or you are pregnant, your dentist may suggest that you consider a bridge or a partial denture. If you have hemophilia, uncontrolled diabetes, or immune system issues, you may want to consider other options. If you take certain medications, implants may not be for you.

If you are interested in dental implants to replace your missing teeth, you should see our dentist, Dr. William Forero at William Forero DMD, PA for an exam and consultation. You will want to tell him about your medical history and medication, and whether or not you use tobacco or other substances. You can make an appointment by calling 954-752-4901.