Dental Implants 101

If you have one or more missing teeth, you aren’t alone. While 35 million Americans are missing all their teeth, over 178 million have lost at least one tooth. There are several options when it comes to replacing teeth, but dental implants are one of the most durable, cost-effective solutions. If you are considering a replacement option for your teeth, Dr. Ruff is happy to give you all the information you need about implants.

Potential Patients

Good candidates for implants have good oral health and general overall health. It is also important that your gums be free of periodontal disease, and that you have enough jawbone to support the implant. Patients must also be committed to caring for implants the same as they would their natural teeth.

Pregnant women, smokers, those with substance abuse problems, those who take certain medicines and those with certain systemic conditions may not be good candidates. There are exceptions to every rule, so your best bet is to schedule an appointment with Dr. Ruff to determine your options.

Dental Implant Benefits

The main benefit associated with dental implants is the aesthetic changes to your smile. With same day crowns, your teeth are replaced very quickly and you have confidence in your smile again. Implants are permanent and will not move when you are eating certain foods. Because implants are placed right in the jawbone, they also stimulate the jawbone to regenerate and preserve the shape of your jaw.

Dental implants are extremely durable, and when placed correctly, can last your entire life. While the cost may be higher up front, over your lifetime the expenses are less. Caring for implants is also very easy, just brush twice a day, floss regularly and visit a dentist every six months for an exam and cleaning.

Schedule an Appointment

The cost of implants varies by patient and how extensive the procedure is. At Highland Meadows Dental Health Center, located in Windsor, CO, we are happy to meet with you and discuss the appropriate treatments for your individual situation and the costs for them. Give us a call today!