Are Dental Implants Right for Me?

dental implant model

Dental implants are one of the most common teeth restoration procedures. They mimic the root and tooth, which makes it seem like an ideal choice for dental restoration.

However, there are many factors to consider when deciding whether dental implants are the right choice for you.

Factors That Influence the Success of Dental Implants

Dental implants require surgery to complete. The surgery puts a rod into your jaw before adding a dental crown on top. You need to qualify for surgery, so let’s talk about the factors that can influence if you can get dental implants.

Bone Health

You need healthy jaw bone to have dental implant surgery. If you have bone loss, you might need a dental bone graft before getting implants.

You will also need a fully-formed jaw, so people under the age of 18 might not qualify.

Bad Dental Habits

Getting dental implants doesn’t mean that you can stop having a good oral hygiene routine. You will need to clean and floss your dental implants to ensure that the gums stay healthy.

Smoking is also a red flag that dental implants might not be for you. If anything, you will need to give up smoking a few weeks before the surgery and during the recovery process.

Gum Health

You need healthy gums before getting dental implants. Fortunately, gum disease can be treatable, and our dental team can give you a plan to restore your gum health. Once you have healthy gums, you may qualify for receiving dental implants.

Are You a Good Candidate for Dental Implants?

Some important qualities that a candidate needs to qualify for dental implants include healthy jaw bone and gums. You will also need to have healthy oral habits to ensure the success of your dental implants.

Our dental team will give you a full examination to determine if you can receive dental implants. Please schedule an appointment with us if you want to discuss your oral health.

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Who Should Get an Oral Cancer Screening?

woman receiving an oral cancer screening

A preventative dental examination doesn’t just screen for potential dental issues. Oral cancer screenings are a common component of dental examinations, too. With one person dying every hour from oral cancer, screenings can quite literally save lives. But are they necessary for all patients?

What Causes Oral Cancer?

Oral cancer can develop due to a variety of factors, but common causes are excessive smoking, tobacco and alcohol consumption, and poor dental hygiene. You are more at risk of developing oral cancer if you’ve had it before or if you’ve had excessive sun exposure too.

What Is an Oral Cancer Screening?

An oral cancer screening is a very simple process. First, your dentist will examine your mouth and tongue, checking for any abnormal lumps and bumps. They will then do a scan of your face, neck, and lips for the same reason. They might also feel your lymph nodes for added precaution. If your dentist detects any abnormalities, they will let you know if you require further testing.

Don’t be afraid to have an oral cancer screening! If you maintain a healthy, balanced lifestyle and diligently maintain your oral health, you’re doing the best that you can to keep your oral and overall health in great shape. Early detection of oral cancer also ensures a higher possible survival rate, so it’s important to get a screening at least once a year to make sure that your health is right on track.

How to Prevent Oral Cancer

Maintaining good oral hygiene and health and avoiding acidic foods and beverages is the best way to prevent oral cancer. Brush and floss twice a day, and see your dentist twice a year for exams and cleanings. If you have a more advanced oral health issue, it’s important to also visit your dentist to find a solution for it as soon as possible. Avoiding or quitting smoking is another surefire way to prevent oral cancer.

Rigby Advanced Dental Is Here for You!

At Rigby Advanced Dental, we’re equipped to assist with any and all dental concerns. We look forward to seeing you at our Austin, Texas dental office! Contact us for more information and be sure to have a look at our affordable financing and payment plans.

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What Are the Signs and Symptoms of Oral Cancer?

At Rigby Advanced Dental we take evaluating those who trust us with their care for oral cancer seriously.  Dr. Rigby has had the unique opportunity to train directly with dental oral cancer experts while he was in his specialty prosthodontic training at The Ohio State University.  He was able to participate and train at the highly esteemed James Cancer Institute in Columbus, OH and while in his rotations, with the institute, he took a special interest in the subject of Oral Cancer and its treatment.  Rigby Advanced Dental in Bee Cave, TX is pleased to offer oral cancer services including oral cancer screenings and oral facial prosthetic fabrication.   

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Oral Cancer Screening

Three to five minutes that may save your life

It’s a fact that oral cancer is most frequently discovered in its later stages, when the survival rate is only 20-30%. This is largely because in its early stages it may be painless, and may not present symptoms that you might notice.  Rigby Advanced Dental recognizes the importance of early oral cancer detection and includes a visual and tactile screening for oral cancer during all exams.

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