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A smile is one of the most important aspects of your physical appearance. In fact, some would say it’s the most important part of it. Regardless of what you think, a smile is hugely important in how you and other perceive yourself.

That means that if you lose teeth, or have other aesthetic problems, you’ll need to get them fixed. But are dental implants the best option? Today we’ll take a look at answering the age-old question – to implant, or not to implant?

Healthy gums
One of the key things that Dr. Dhruva Patel and associates looks for when you come in for an implant consultation at Dayton Dental Specialties in Beavercreek, Ohio is your gum health. Often, when teeth are lost in adulthood, it’s due to poor oral health. Usually, bad gum health accompanies that.

Your gums have to be healthy enough to support an implant. The titanium post that’s inserted into your gums requires nearly the same support that the root of a real tooth would. If you don’t have the gum health to support them, it’s likely implants aren’t right for you.

Level of tooth decay or loss
If you’re experiencing tooth decay, you may not need implants. If the decay can be stopped with fillings and a rigorous oral health routine, then a crown may be all that you need to regain control of your oral health. You don’t want to use an implant if you can keep your real tooth in your mouth. However, if you have complete loss of a tooth, implants are likely your best bet for getting your smile back.

To learn more, or to schedule a consultation to see if you’re a fit for implants, call us today at 937-802-0901.