Am I a Candidate for Implants?
Dental implants are growing in popularity and for a good reason. Over a half million people will elect to have dental implant surgery this year, joining the over 3 million people who have already chosen dental implants as a solution to their missing teeth woes. However, despite the high demand for dental implants, we here at Atlantic Dentistry understand that not everybody is going to be a good candidate for this safe and routine procedure.
There are several different factors that come into play when determining if you are a good candidate for dental implants, and sadly some people may discover that dental implants are not a good fit for them despite their interest and their motivation to have this procedure.
How We Determine Who is a Good Candidate for Dental Implants
When you are missing teeth, you have many different choices on how you can replace them. Some people choose dentures due to the perceived convenience of them or because they want to avoid surgery. Dental implants are regarded by many people, both patients and medical professionals like ourselves, as the preferred treatment option for missing teeth. Because we are so diligent and rigorous in our screening process, we are contributing to the mounting success of this procedure, which has a remarkable 98 percent success rate.
What makes somebody a good candidate for dental implants? One of the first things we will do when we are checking to determine if you are a good candidate is to take a hard look at your general health and wellness. A good candidate for dental implants must be in good health. This does not mean just good oral health, but good general health.
If you have any active infections, we must treat it first. Patients who smoke, pregnant women, women who are postmenopausal, and people with active gum disease may not be good candidates for dental implants. If you are on specific types of medications, such as steroids, then that may make it difficult for you to get implants, too. If you have a weakened or compromised immune system, your jaw bones are still growing - such as in children, and hemophiliacs may not be good candidates, either.
If you grind your teeth at night, a condition called bruxism, we will need to address that first to prevent you from causing damage to your implant. People who do not have sufficient bone material in their mouth may need to delay this procedure until we can perform a bone graft to restore your bone tissue. Some medical conditions may need to be controlled before we can proceed, such as diabetes. Persons in good health, those who heal quickly, and people who practice good oral hygiene are better candidates for dental implants. Of course, you also need to have missing teeth to have this procedure done.
Call Us to Find Out More About Dental Implants
If you are interested in learning more about dental implants, we would love to schedule a time to meet with you to discuss it further. To learn more, or to set up your appointment for a consultation with us here at Atlantic Dentistry, please give us a call at 904 717-0335 today.