The Right Solution for You
Finding the perfect restorative solution for your smile may be difficult. Fortunately, Dr. Hobbs provides dental implants, a lifelong tooth replacement option for patients with missing or damaged teeth. While they’re the number one restorative option, there are certain qualifications patients must meet in order to receive the treatment.
Dr. Hobbs explains the benefits of dental implants to help patients determine their implant candidacy.
You Want to Feel Confident & Proud of Your Smile
Your smile has the ability to create a lasting, friendly impression when you first meet people. That’s why living with missing or damaged teeth can take a drastic toll on your self-esteem and cause you to hide your smile.
Luckily, dental implants are a long-lasting, natural-looking tooth loss solution to restore your smile. They’re custom-made to look and feel like your natural teeth, so you’ll be able to smile brightly without worry. Best of all, implants require little to no extra maintenance.
You Want the Freedom to Eat & Speak With Ease
Unlike traditional dentures, dental implants integrate with your jawbone, restoring the function of your teeth without shifting them out of place. This eliminates any slipping while you’re eating and speaking.
This restorative solution is strong and durable, giving you the freedom to enjoy any and every food without restrictions. Plus, you’ll speak more clearly.
You Want to Feel Happy & Free Again
Missing or damaged teeth can cause feelings of insecurity, unhappiness, and even depression. A healthy, fully restored smile can boost feel-good endorphins in your brain, known as serotonin and dopamine. These chemicals are sent throughout the body, making you feel happy and energized.
You can enjoy the freedom of a smile that looks, feels, and functions just like your normal teeth. Not only do dental implants last a lifetime, but taking care of them consists of your regular oral hygiene routine of brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing daily.
You Want a Solution That Protects Your Health
Through a process called osseointegration, dental implants naturally fuse with your jawbone, preventing further damage and stimulating healthy jawbone growth. This allows you to live an active lifestyle without worrying about your smile.
Dental implants also reduce the risk for oral infection by preventing your natural teeth from shifting around, which can irritate your gums and lead to periodontal disease. They’re easy to maintain with proper oral care and can last a lifetime with regular dental checkups from our Longview team.
Certain Conditions That Can Affect Dental Implant Candidacy
In most cases, patients can qualify for some type of dental implant solution. However, patients who present any of the following issues may have to undergo supplemental procedures or wait to receive dental implants:
- Gum disease: Unmanaged or untreated gum disease destroys healthy teeth and bone. Before implant placement, patients will need to successfully treat this condition.
- Poor general health: The implant procedure requires incisions & sutures, so patients must be in a good health prior to the surgery.
- Uncontrolled diabetes: Treatment for diabetes is necessary before patients pursue dental implants.
- Smokers: Patients who smoke are at a higher risk of dental implant failure than those who don’t smoke. For this reason, your dentist may require you to stop smoking before treatment.
- Low bone density: Although mini dental implants may be possible for patients with low jawbone density, severe atrophy usually requires a bone graft before the placement of implants.
- Age: Dental implants are not recommended for patients whose jawbones are still growing.
- Medical dependency: Certain medications may increase patient risk during dental implant surgery.
Frequently Asked Questions
I have more than one missing tooth. Will dental implants work for me?
No matter how many teeth you’re in need of replacing, Dr. Hobbs can craft an individualized dental implant treatment plan to fit your needs. We understand that every situation is different, that’s why we offer various tooth replacement options to ensure each patient can achieve the smile of their dreams.
Can you be too old for dental implants?
Dental implants are suitable for people of all ages who have a fully developed jaw. They’re the preferred method for tooth replacement due to their unmatched stability and durability. Unlike other restoration options, dental implants increase your bone density, preventing deterioration. With dental implants, you won’t have slippage or difficulty speaking like with traditional dentures and you’ll quickly become accustomed to their natural look and feel.
How do I know if I need a dental implant?
Dental implants are the top solution for missing teeth. However, there are certain criteria that indicate if you may or may not need an implant. You’re typically an ideal candidate if:
- You have loose teeth
- It’s difficult for you to chew food
- You have missing teeth
- Your dental bridges trap food under them
- You have the adequate bone structure to support the implants
Find Out if You’re a Candidate Today
Dental implants are an effective, lifelong tooth replacement solution for patients with missing and/or damaged teeth. If you want to enjoy the benefits of dental implants, schedule an appointment with Dr. Hobbs. Call our Longview dental practice today at (903) 371-0295 and we’ll schedule your free consultation and get you started on the journey to your dream smile.