Hello, and welcome to our brand new blog! As your Bedford dentist, Dr. Maegan Elam is committed to helping everyone in our community achieve the beautiful, complete smiles they deserve. And she knows that when one or more teeth have gone missing, there’s no better replacement than dental implants in Bedford. Are you a good candidate for the procedure? Chances are good that you are — keep reading to find out more today.
A: Tiny posts made of titanium, dental implants are surgically placed directly into your gum. That’s what makes them such an excellent restoration option: nothing else replaces the tooth and its root like dental implants — and that keeps your mouth healthy and in shape, reducing even more tooth loss later on.
A: If you’re interested in learning whether or not you’re a good candidate for dental implants, the only way to know for sure is to schedule an appointment at our Bedford office. We’ll check for two things: adequate jawbone structure and good oral and overall health.
Dental implants require plenty of existing jawbone — without it, there’s not enough material to keep them sturdy, and a bone graft procedure may be necessary. Additionally, patients suffering from gum disease or certain conditions that weaken the immune system, like diabetes, are not good candidates for dental implants.
A: If you need a tooth removed before you receive your dental implants, there’s good news — immediate placement of a dental implant is possible after a tooth extraction. However, if significant tooth decay is present, it’s best to wait a couple of weeks for healing to take place before implantation.
A: While dental implantation is a very safe procedure, your Bedford dentists typically advise putting off elective oral surgery until after the baby is born. But in the meantime, we can begin the initial stages to have you completely ready for your dental implants after your pregnancy is complete.
If you or a loved one are interested in completing your smile with dental implants in our Bedford office, please contact our office to let us know you’d like a consultation with Dr. Elam. We’re here to keep you smiling beautifully this year, and for many more to come. Don’t put off what’s best for your health and confidence — book your appointment today!