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Dr. Scherer knows how devastating it can be to lose a tooth. Whether it’s a tooth that has been loose for quite some time, or you’ve lost one or more teeth as a result of an injury, having a gap in your smile can affect more than your oral function. Not only do patients who have loose, or missing teeth have trouble eating and drinking, but they also experience trouble speaking and are often left feeling embarrassed and with declining self-esteem.

But there’s hope! At Wheaton Oral Surgery and Implant Center, Dr. Scherer offers dental implants to qualifying patients so you can regain all the things you lost when you lost that tooth.

Some patients who visit Dr. Scherer for dental implants are smokers – some of which experience tooth loss as a result of their habit. During his consultations with patients who smoke, he is often asked whether or not they should avoid smoking if they choose to have dental implants placed. This is a great question, and definitely one you should have answered before you make a decision to choose this tooth replacement system. Keep reading and we will talk more about dental implants, who is considered to be a good candidate for them, and what you should do if you’re currently a smoker who wants dental implants.

Dental Implants

Dental implants are small titanium screws that Dr. Scherer will surgically place into the jawbone of his Wheaton patients. This tooth replacement system can fully restore a patient’s smile and oral function. After placement, the dental implants will bond with the jawbone over the course of a few months, basically replacing the missing tooth’s roots. After the dental implant has become secure in the jawbone, Dr. Scherer will attach a replacement crown on top of the implant.

This tooth replacement system is a permanent answer to tooth loss because the dental implants permanently bond with the jawbone. Wheaton patients who practice proper oral hygiene and make healthy lifestyle choices are able to enjoy the benefits of their dental implants for the rest of their lives.

Who Is a Good Candidate for Dental Implants?

When Wheaton patients visit Dr. Scherer to discuss their candidacy for dental implants, his main concern is to find out about each person’s expectations and see if they are truly a good candidate for the procedure.

To make this determination, Dr. Scherer will perform a full oral exam to get an idea of the overall condition of the patient’s mouth and will also take any needed x-rays or other images to see the state of the patient’s mouth below the surface. Additionally, Dr. Scherer will also learn about your full medical history during your initial appointment. This information is vital to ensure your safety during your procedure.

Wheaton men and women who suffer from the following oral health issues can benefit from dental implants:

    • Teeth lost from trauma or injury
    • Patients born without teeth
    • Teeth lost from decay or infection

Smoking Can Impact Your Dental Implants Candidacy

We know you know how negatively nicotine products can affect your overall health. But what you may not know is that nicotine can also negatively affect your chances of receiving dental implants or put the dental implants you already have at risk.

The reason is that nicotine restricts blood and oxygen flow through the body. Because your body needs all the blood and oxygen it can get to the surgical sites after your procedure, you could experience a longer healing time, and you’re at a greater risk of developing complications during your recovery. If you’re a smoker who’s interested in receiving dental implants, be sure you quit smoking for at least X weeks before your surgery and X weeks after. Don’t risk losing your dental implants. Avoid smoking and using other tobacco products if you have dental implants.

Choose Dr. Scherer of Wheaton Oral Surgery and Implant Center for Your Dental Implants Procedure

Since you’re now armed with the knowledge needed to ensure that your dental implants are a success, make sure you stop smoking. If you need help from an area smoking cessation program, just talk to Dr. Scherer or a member of his team for a recommendation at their Wheaton office.

You can call them today at (630) 364-2888 with any questions or to schedule your initial dental implant consultation.