Lacking a full set of chompers is bad for a number of reasons. Not only can it affect your smile and confidence, but it can also adversely affect speech, eating, oral health, and more. If you have lost or damaged teeth, you may be wondering what restorative options you have available. Specifically, you may be asking yourself, “are dental implants right for me?” If this is a thought that has been rattling around your noggin, today is the day you get answers.

At Montana Dental Works, we are deeply committed to providing professional, affordable, and caring dental care. We specialize in both cosmetic and general dentistry, meaning whether you need teeth whitening, TMJ treatment, a filling, or affordable dental implants, we are your go-to Kalispell dentists. Call us today to learn more or schedule your appointment.

Have a dental emergency? Call us now at 406-203-4231.

Basic Dental Implant Criteria

The general requirements that must be met before a dental implant procedure can be performed are rather simple. For example, problems like gum disease can limit the success of the implants, causing implant failure. Similarly, you must have a strong jaw bone that is not too shallow or small, or at least have a jaw that can be supplemented with simple bone grafting procedures. These are all things that your cosmetic dentists will assess using their technology and expertise. Below are the three most fundamental requirements for dental implants:

  • Good general health
  • Solid jaw bone density and ability to support an implant
  • Strong and healthy gum tissue

Although these are the basic prerequisites, there is still a list of other personal factors to take into consideration, including lifestyle, timeline, current needs, and choosing the right dental implant dentist. A good dentist will be able to walk you through the procedure, taking into account all of your personal factors. 

The Success of Dental Implants

Archaeological evidence indicates that the first dental implants are thousands of years old. As you can imagine, we have come a long way since the Chinese bamboo-peg implants and Egyptian ivory implants. Nowadays, studies show that implant restorations are over 90 percent successful. The American Academy of Implant Dentistry estimates that over 3 million Americans have dental implants.

However, as with any surgical procedures, there are inherent risks involved. Additionally, the following is a list of some factors that can significantly reduce the success rate of your dental implants:

  • Smoking
  • Drinking (alcohol)
  • Diagnosed with cancer, a blood disorder, or diabetes

The Cost of Dental Implants

While dental implants do cost relatively more than some other dental procedures, like say a dental bridge or dentures, many patients have deemed the procedure as being well worth the additional expense because of all the long-term benefits. Dental implants provide a permanent solution that eliminates the need for future adjustments and replacements because of shifting jawlines.

At Montana Dental Works, we strive to not only provide superior dental implants but also affordable dental implants. When you stop by Montana Dental Works for your consultation, we can provide you with the exact cost of your implant procedure as well as all the various payment options that are available to you.

Ready for Dental Implants?

If you are missing teeth, remember that there is an ultra-effective solution. Dental implants can preserve your jawbone, keep adjacent teeth healthy, and improve your smile. Looking for more information? Check out our recent blog, How Dental Implants Work.  

Still not sure if dental implants are right for you? There’s only one way to find out—schedule a consultation with Dr. McAllister to find out your eligibility.