Are You a Good Candidate for Dental Implants?

are you a good candidate for dental implants

For many years, the only treatment for people with missing teeth were bridges and dentures. But today, dental implants provide a more permanent solution for patients.  It’s important to know what characteristics make a person a good candidate for a dental implant procedure. Many worry that tooth decay, periodontal disease, or injury will prevent them from having this procedure, but that’s not always the case.

Most People Are Good Candidates

In most cases, if you are healthy enough to undergo a routine dental extraction you can be considered for dental implants. A good candidate should have:

  • Healthy Gums
  • Enough Bone in Their Jaw to Hold the Implant
  • A Mature Jawbone
  • A Commitment to Good Oral Hygiene

Some bone loss is not uncommon in candidates and dental implants may be recommended to prevent more. In these cases, bone can be rebuilt with grafting procedures as part of the implant process.

People At Risk of Poor Outcomes

Certain risk factors can adversly affect the outcome of dental implant procedures:

  • Uncontrolled Chronic Disorders:
    • Uncontrolled Dabetes
    • Cancer
    • Uncontrolled Gum Disease
  • Heavy smoking
  • Alcoholism

You may still be able to get dental implants with one of these risk factors, but you will need to evaluated on an individual basis.

 

Geting Evaluated

Everyone’s implant experience should begin with a thorough evaluation of your jaw, teeth, mouth and overall health. A mouth X-ray and possibly a CT scan can help identify areas of bone loss.  These scans also show the shape of your sinuses and nerve locations to accurately assess your specific needs.

Dental implants can give you your life and smile back!  They allows patients to eat more comfortably, improve their speech and be confident in smiling again.  If you would like to discuss if dental implants are right for you, please contact us at one of our convenient locations.