When it comes to tooth replacement options, there are a few to choose from, all with their own advantages and disadvantages. Dental implants are one of the more modern solutions available, and they offer patients a much more permanent way to replace missing teeth. Once you’ve decided that you’re interested in dental implants, the next step is to figure out whether you’re a candidate for the procedure. Unlike with some of the other restorative options, dental implants require oral surgery, which means we first have to make sure you qualify for the treatment to ensure its effectiveness. Here are some of the main criteria:
Good Gum Health
When getting dental implants, it’s not just a matter of dealing with your teeth. The state of your gums is also important. During the implant procedure, a cut will need to be made in your gums in order to place the implant post, so we want to ensure that there isn’t any infection present. If there is, it could affect the success of the treatment.
Adequate Bone Density
When you get a dental implant, a biocompatible post is placed into your jaw, acting as the artificial tooth root. Because of this, you need to have a sufficient amount of bone there to provide a foundation for the implant. Otherwise, your dental implant won’t have enough support.
Good Overall Health
There are some medical conditions that could pose some risk with dental implants, such as diabetes. Additionally, if you regularly use tobacco or take certain medications that suppress your immune system, that’s also something we’ll need to consider.
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Your best bet for figuring out if you’re a candidate for dental implants is just to come into our practice for an implant consultation. That way we can provide an in-person exam and ask you all the necessary questions to get an answer. Call us today to set up your consultation!