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Choosing between dental implants, crowns, or bridges is a difficult choice. You’re likely not used to the idea of having a lot of options when you need to replace lost or damaged teeth, but that’s the only fortunate aspect of losing a tooth in today’s world – you have options.

Those options get complicated, though, and you have to be honest with yourself in what’s best for you. To help you make the right choice, we’re going to help you answer the question of whether or not you should get dental implants.

Healthy gums
One of the key things that Dr. Smith looks for when you come in for an implant consultation at Scott A. Smith DDS in Merced, California 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 209-205-4657.