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Dental implants are a great method for replacing the missing teeth in your smile. They can be brushed and flossed just like your natural teeth. Because they are placed on titanium posts that have been implanted in your jaw, they are very sturdy, and the posts themselves promote the growth and strength of your jawbone.

Although implants are a wonderful replacement option, their success or failure depends on you. To be successful your implants need healthy gums and enough jawbone to support them. And there are certain medical conditions and medications that may mean that implants are not right for you. Before moving ahead with the procedure, you will need to have a discussion with your dentist about your medical history.

Once the implants have been placed, you will need to follow your dentist’s instructions about aftercare and follow-up visits. If you are not willing to do that, you increase the chance that your implants will fail. If you use tobacco or drugs, you will be at a higher risk for gum disease, oral cancer, infections and other problems. You will also need to brush your teeth at least twice a day, floss once a day, and to see your dentist for your routine cleanings and exams. Your implants depend on a healthy mouth for their success, and if you can’t commit to that, you should talk with your dentist about alternative replacement procedures.

If you are missing teeth in your smile, our dentist, Dr. Ryan Lehmkuhler will be happy to see you for an exam and consultation. If you would like to make an appointment at First Dental in Dodge City, Kansas, call 620-225-5154 today to find our if dental implants are right for you.