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Dental implants are a very popular method for replacing missing teeth. Implants closely resemble natural teeth and are attached to titanium posts that are placed directly into the jawbone. As a result, they are very sturdy and promote growth in the jaw. They can be brushed and flossed just like regular teeth, and do not need any special cleaning.

Dental implants are effective tooth replacements. However, they are not for everyone. Before moving ahead with the surgery and placement, you should have a very detailed discussion with your dentist about your medical condition, your medications, and your habits.

You need to have healthy gums and enough jawbone to support the implants. Surgery can help if you need to repair your gums or a bone graft for your jaw. If you have issues with your immune system or you take immunosuppressants, implants may not be the right choice for you.  If you have uncontrolled diabetes or hemophilia, your dentist may suggest another procedure. Tobacco use may make it difficult for you to heal after your surgery and can contribute to gum disease, putting your implants at risk.

One of the biggest factors in the success of an implant is your commitment. You must commit to following your dentist’s aftercare instructions, and to keep your follow-up appointments. If you do not intend to brush and floss on a regular basis and see your dentist for your routine appointments, you should consider a different procedure

If you need to replace missing teeth, it is worth your time to investigate using dental veneers. To find out if they are right for you, you should talk with our dentist, Dr. Caesar Ciaglia. If you live in the New Lenox, Illinois, area, you can call 815-485-2345 to make an appointment. We look forward to helping you restore your smile.