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If you need to get teeth replaced, chances are that you’re wondering what your options are. After all, it’s not like this is something you go through on a regular basis.

One of the most popular options is to get dental implants. But not everyone can get them, and they’re also not the best choice for everyone in need of restorative dentistry work. The good news is that, even if implants don’t work for you, there are a ton of other options to choose from.

Healthy gums
One of the key things that Dr. Gary Shmurak looks for when you come in for an implant consultation at Apex Dental Care in Chalfont, Pennsylvania 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 215-996-9968.