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Replacing the missing teeth in your smile can pay many dividends. The most obvious one being cosmetic. A full, healthy smile can restore your self-esteem. A complete set of teeth will enable you to chew and speak more effectively and will also keep your mouth and other teeth healthy.

Dental implants are a very popular way to replace missing teeth. Implants look very realistic and are attached to titanium posts that have been placed directly into your jaw. As a result, they can be brushed and flossed just like your normal teeth, will be very sturdy, and will help strengthen your jawbone.

Although most people can are great candidates for dental implants, they may not be for everyone. You must have healthy gums and enough jawbone to support your implants. In some cases, these problems may be corrected with surgery. Since the implant process itself involves surgery, you may want to consider another procedure if you have hemophilia.

Other medical conditions that might preclude dental implants include immune system issues, uncontrolled diabetes, and connective tissue problems. If you have had radiation treatments to your head and neck, you should let the dentist know. You should also tell your dentist if you are taking any medications, or if you grind your teeth.

One of the most important factors in the success of your implants is your approach to your oral health. You must be committed following your dentist’s instructions regarding your post-operative care and follow-up visits; and to brushing flossing your teeth. If you plan to continue to smoke or use tobacco or abuse drugs, your dentist may suggest another course of treatment for you.

Even if you discover that you are not a good candidate for dental implants, there are other options available for you to restore your smile. If the time has come to replace your missing teeth, Dr. Mark Miller at Miller & Simarro Dental Care in Antioch, California, will be happy to see you for an examination and a consultation. To make an appointment, call 925-754-6020 today.