Are you looking for dental implants in Joliet? If you are anywhere in the area here in southwestern Chicagoland, stop by Smile League Dental. The best, quickest, and most reliable way to know that you’re a good candidate for implants is to get a professional recommendation.

We’re going to give you some more information than that, but, please, consider booking an appointment. We are one of Joliet’s best-rated dentists and we’re accepting new patients — why guess about implants when you could know for sure?

With that out of the way, let’s look at who can get implants. We’re also going to talk about why people get implants during the course of this article.

Are You a Candidate For Implants?

If your jawbone is done growing, and if you do not have serious bone loss, you are probably a good candidate for dental implants. Let’s look at each of those points.

Dental implants are really only for adults. In theory, 18 years old is the earliest that anyone would want to get implants. In practice, it might be safer to wait a few years more to make sure that your jaw is fully matured. In the meantime, there could still be other options for you if you have missing teeth. Don’t hesitate to get a professional opinion just because you’re too young.

The next qualification is that you have to have adequate bone left in your jaw to support the implant. If you have some bone loss, you also might be able to get a bone graft to provide stability for the implant. Implant technology has come quite a long way, even in the past decade or so. Check in with us at our Joliet office to see if your level of bone loss still keeps you from getting implants.

Should You Get Implants?

Just because you could get implants doesn’t mean you necessarily should. While dental prosthetics are the gold standard for replacing teeth, they aren’t the best choice for everybody. Here are some indicators that you should consider getting dental implants:

  • You can accept undergoing simple surgery in our Joliet dental office to install the implant
  • You want the most permanent tooth replacement option available
  • You want to match the look and feel of natural teeth
  • If you have significant bone loss, you feel healthy enough to undergo a grafting procedure, recovery period, and implant
  • You’re willing to invest a significant amount more than dentures require, potentially financing your procedure or using insurance
  • You have teeth to replace!

Implants aren’t scary or abnormal. Ask around — you’ll probably find that quite a few of your neighbors, friends, and coworkers have dental implants. If you’re asking around the Joliet area, some of those acquaintances might have even had their implants installed right here at Smile League Dental. Contact us at 815-782-6243 to get started with a professional consultation.