If you’ve done some research on the benefits of dental implants, we’re guessing you’re eager for the increase in quality of life that dental implants promise. But the question you probably have now is: Am I a good candidate for dental implants?
In our experience at Dental Implant Experts (and we’ve got a lot of experience!), most people are good candidates for dental implants, but there are a few conditions that lower the success rate. As you look at the questions below to get an idea of whether you qualify for dental implants, remember that they are meant as a general overview. For more specifics on your qualification, your best bet is to come in and see us.
Do you have sufficient bone density in your jaw?
Dental implants are placed surgically into the jawbone. Over time, they fuse to the bone to form a base for the replacement tooth. For this reason, in order to qualify for dental implants, you must have enough bone (and sufficient bone density) to anchor the implant in the jaw. Sometimes bone grafts or mini implants are an option for those without adequate bone support. Children, however, do not usually qualify for dental implants because their bones are still developing.
Are your gums disease-free?
Advanced periodontal disease may interfere with the process that fuses the implant to the jawbone. Patients with gum disease usually experience implant failure. The best candidates for dental implants have healthy, disease-free gums.
Do you have good overall health?
As with most any surgical procedure, your overall health plays an important role in whether or not you qualify for dental implants. Your health affects your ability to heal and recover from the procedure. Some conditions that may call a person’s candidacy for dental implants into question include: uncontrolled diabetes; hemophilia; and significant immune deficiencies. Pregnant women should wait for dental implants until after they have given birth.
Are you committed to proper oral hygiene?
Dental implants require the same amount of care as your natural teeth, and just like with your natural teeth, a consistent oral health routine is key. A good candidate for dental implants is willing to brush after meals, floss at least once a day, and visit the dentist regularly (possibly every three months instead of every six, or as instructed by the dentist).
Are you a non-smoker?
Smoking can reduce the likelihood of a successful dental implant in part because it hinders the mouth’s ability to heal. But don’t just quit for the procedure and then take up smoking again after you recover. Smoking also weakens the bone structure, leaving you vulnerable to risk of implant failure.
Please remember: Not all cases are the same.
The above questions are meant to give you an idea of who might qualify for dental implants. But just because you did not answer yes to all of the above questions doesn’t mean you can’t have success with dental implants.
At Dental Implant Experts, we have performed implant procedures on countless patients, including some who answered one or more of the above questions unfavorably. We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again: Not all cases are the same.
The best way to find out if you are a good candidate for dental implants is to come see us. Let our dental implant experts provide you with a personal evaluation to help determine whether you qualify for dental implants.
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