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Dental implants have become a very popular method for restoring missing teeth. With dental implants, your replacement teeth are set on titanium posts that have been placed directly into your jawbone. The body reacts very well to titanium, and the jawbone will grow around the implants, not only holding the implants in place but also strengthening the jawbone in the process. Because implants sit in the jaw, your other teeth don’t have the opportunity to drift out of alignment, and plaque and bacteria don’t have new places to accumulate. Additionally, you can take care of your implants the way that you care for your other teeth. However, if you are considering getting implants, you should schedule a consultation with our dentist, Dr. Gustavo Ruiz, to find out if implants are a good choice for you.

A good candidate for dental implants will have healthy gums and enough bone in their jaws to support the implants. They should also be at an age when their jaws have stopped growing. An implant candidate must also have a strong commitment to keeping up with a sound oral hygiene regimen, and be willing to follow the dentist’s instructions for postoperative care.

If you are pregnant, or a heavy tobacco user, implants may not be for you. If you suffer from bruxism, which is grinding and clenching your teeth, the doctor may suggest another tooth restoration option.

If you have hemophilia, uncontrolled diabetes, or some types of immune issues; if you take immunosuppressants, or other certain medications, or have received radiation treatments to your head and neck, you may not be a good candidate for implants.

If you are considering implants and you live in the Tampa, Florida area, call Periodontal and Implant Esthetics at 813-289-3640 to schedule an appointment today.