With the success of dental implants, and recognition among the dental patient population, many prospective patients are asking their dentists “Am I a candidate for dental implants?” This is a great question, because not everyone may be. However, even if you aren’t the ideal patient now, you can potentially become one later by knowing what it is exactly that can make your dental implant placement a successful treatment.
An ideal implant candidate has a healthy level of bone in their mouth. This can be checked using radiographs or scanning software. Bone is important, because that is what supports your implant, and your implant needs to fuse with it efficiently enough to support a new tooth. If you don’t have enough bone, it’s possible to have a bone graft placed in the desired area, allowing your body to fuse with it and form new bone that is healthy enough to stabilize an implant.
Patients that smoke or have active periodontal disease infections are not ideal candidates, because of the infection and lack of healing that takes place due to these factors. Giving up tobacco products and treating your gum disease allows your gum tissue to become healthy again, and respond well to treatments. If the gums are unable to heal due to smoking or gum disease, then your implant may not successfully take when it is placed. Ask your dentist about smoking cessation programs that are successful for their patients, as well as methods that can be taken to stop and reverse your gum disease.
After taking control of your oral health, you can greatly benefit from the freedom and comfort that dental implants are capable of!
Posted on behalf of Dr. Joyce Ma, Prime Dental Care
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