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If you are missing teeth, or if you are having a procedure that will require a tooth replacement, you might want to consider dental implants. There are benefits to having dental implants. They can be custom made to blend in with the rest of your teeth, and they are made of titanium. The body reacts well to titanium,and because the implants are placed directly into the jawbone, the bone will grow around the implant to support it, which will also strengthen the jaw. Compare this to dentures, in which the amount of jawbone decreases over time.

But before you decide on implants, you need to have an exam and a consultation with your dentist to find out if implants will be a good option for you.

For implants to have the best chance of success, you need to have healthy gums, and enough jawbone to support the implant. You should also wait until your jaws have stopped growing before you receive an implant. If you are pregnant, you may want to wait after you have had your baby. One of the most important factors in implant success is good oral health. If you want to replace your teeth with implants, you need to be committed to taking care of your teeth and gums, especially around your implants.

If you are a heavy smoker, have uncontrolled diabetes, certain immune system issues, take certain medications, or you use alcohol or recreational drugs, your dentist may suggest another replacement procedure. There are medical conditions that might keep you from having implants. The best thing to do is talk with your dentist and see what procedure will be the best option for you.

If you need to have one or more teeth replaced, our dentist, Dr. Betzy Lara-Perdue will be happy to talk with you. If you live in the The Woodlands, Texas, area, contact us at North Forest Family Dental Care at 936-271-3338. We’ll be happy to schedule you for an appointment. We look forward to seeing you soon and helping to make your smile shine!