Am I a Candidate For Dental Implants?
Dental implants have transformed the world of dentistry because you now have a viable solution to take care of tooth loss without modifying your other healthy and natural teeth. However, not everyone is a candidate for dental implants.
What Are Dental Implants?
A dental implant is a prosthetic tooth root installed into your jawbone surgically and then stabilized to hold a replacement crown, denture, or bridge. It is made of titanium. Dental implants are a good choice for people who have suffered tooth loss or bone loss due to cavities, gum disease, an injury, or any other reason.
In the last decade, dental implants have risen in popularity because more information is available to people online regarding the benefits of implants. They have also become more affordable. The best part about dental implants is that their success rate is between 90% and 95%. Even when they fail, the process can easily be repeated.
Am I a Candidate for Dental Implants?
One of the deciding factors for dental implants is bone support. Having good bone support is a must for being a candidate for dental implants. You need to have a strong jaw that can support the implant once it’s put in place. If your bone is not strong, the implant can become loose from chewing.
To be a candidate for dental implants, you also need to maintain good oral hygiene. You need to floss and brush your teeth regularly. You also need to use a good mouthwash several times a day to remove plaque. This will protect you against any infections during the implant procedure. If you visit your dentist at least twice a year for checkups, it also makes you a good candidate for implants.
If you do smoke, your possibility of being a good dental implant candidate will decrease. This is because smoking can disrupt the healing process of the procedure and cause concern regarding infections. A smoker that is willing to quit can be a candidate for dental implants. Dr. Thomas will look at how dedicated you are to stop smoking, how long you have been smoking for and how many cigarettes you have each day.
While most patients believe otherwise, there are very few medical conditions that might not make you a good candidate for dental implants. As a matter of fact, dental implants actually strengthen your bone. If you are suffering from thinning bone or osteoporosis, which is common in older patients, you can still get implants. Age is not a factor for implants. It doesn't matter whether you are 18 or 80 years old; if you meet all of the conditions mentioned above, you are a good candidate for implants.
When you visit us at A Great Smile Arizona, we will carefully examine your teeth and observe the extent of your tooth loss to determine whether you are a good candidate for dental implants. We will also check whether you need to have any surgeries before implant placement. So call us today at (480) 672-0007 and schedule your checkup.