Dental implants are usually the best way to replace one or more missing teeth; however, they aren’t automatically the right solution for everyone. Before you can get dental implants, you’ll need to have a consultation with your chosen provider who will assess your suitability for them. To give you an idea as to whether you are likely to be accepted, here’s what implant providers usually look for in ideal candidates for dental implants.
Getting dental implants involves placement of usually a titanium screw into your upper or lower jaw. Single or multiple implants can be placed at a time. Local anesthesia is injected to minimize pain during the procedure and sedation can be provided for those who have dental anxiety. The best option for dental implants will be discussed at your consultation.
Periodontal disease can severely affect the success and longevity of dental implants. This is because advanced gum and bone disease can cause exposure of your implants which could lead to failure. Excess plaque, bleeding gums, bad breathe, and loosening of your teeth may be a sign that you have gum and bone disease so please consult with your doctor to make sure implants can be placed.
The amount of bone you have plays a role in your success as a candidate for dental implants. This is because the dental implant technique relies on a natural process called osseointegration where the bone heals around the implant screw to anchor it permanently in place. Your dental implant provider will assess the quality of the bone in your jaw to check that it is suitable. If you don’t have enough, you may still be able to have dental implants but may require bone grafting in addition.
If you have any other dental work required, your implant provider may want this to be completed before you undergo this procedure. Such work might be getting a cavity filled or root canal completed. Your provider will be able to tell you what would be needed beforehand.
If you smoke, your implant dentist will want to make sure that you are fully committed to giving up this habit before you get dental implants. Smoking makes it harder for your body to heal itself following the surgery, increases your risk of complications, and may lead to implant failure. People who smoke are also at greater risk of developing bone disease, which as we know, can impact the longevity of dental implants. Ideally, you should give up the habit at least six months before undergoing your dental implant procedure.
Studies have shown that with proper care and attention, a dental implant could last for decades. This makes them an excellent investment in your long-term smile. For this reason, your implant provider will want to make sure that you are committed to taking care of your implants and your oral health by brushing and flossing daily which includes visiting your dentist for regularly-scheduled check-ups.
If you’d like more information about being a candidate for dental implants, please speak to our knowledgeable dental team in Duluth GA at (678) 562-8710.