No two denturists are the same. If you have been wearing dentures for a while, you know that no two sets of dentures are the same. Finding a quality, experienced denturist can seriously impact the comfort of your dentures. You do not have to deal with loose plates, gums that are rubbed raw, distorted speech, and the inability to eat your favorite foods. If you have any of these problems, there are a few things that you can try before replacing your dentures. Use what I have learned over my 15 years of wearing dentures to find a perfect fit and optimum comfort in your dentures.
Do you have a few missing teeth? You may be wondering whether a dental implant procedure is the right option for you. This surgical treatment is the most suitable method for replacing chipped, broken, or missing teeth. However, not every patient can qualify for this treatment. Here are a few factors that you should consider to establish if you're an ideal candidate for a dental implant.
1. You maintain good oral health, and your gums are in good condition
If you're planning to restore the gaps in your mouth with an implant, your dentist will first check if your gums are swollen or bleeding. Because your cosmetic dentist will fix the orthodontic anchor into your jawbone, you will need a strong jawbone and healthy gums for the treatment to be successful. If your cosmetic dentist confirms you have gum disease, they will first bring it under control before the procedure. A successful implant surgical procedure will help to restore your bite and smile.
2. You're in a good state of health
Implants are fitted in your jawbone beneath the gum. This means that you will be under anesthesia during the procedure. For this reason, you should be in a good state of health. While good health doesn't necessarily mean perfect health, you should be free of severe conditions or manage them properly.
This is why your dentist will request your complete health history to determine whether implant treatment is the best option for you. Some of the diseases that can cause implant problems include arthritis, autoimmune disorders, type II diabetes, and high blood pressure.
3. You're not a smoker, or you quit smoking
Smoking does more harm than good to your body. Besides, this habit can negatively affect your artificial teeth. While you can still undergo implant treatment, some cosmetic dentists may not perform it on patients who smoke, and there are good reasons for this.
According to Science Direct, cigarette smoking hikes the temperature in your mouth. The high temperature increases susceptibility to infections, which interfere with the healing process. To increase the likelihood of successful treatment, stop smoking before undergoing surgery, and quit smoking for at least two months after treatment.
If you're considering dental implants to improve your bite and smile, you should be prepared to commit yourself to a high level of oral care for the dental implant procedure to be successful. Generally, most people are happy with the outcome, but you should first talk to your dentist for an evaluation.