Am I a Candidate for Dental Implants?
Updated: May 7, 2019
Most People Are Good Candidates
If you have lost at least one tooth, you are a candidate for dental implants. You need to be in good health, because there are some conditions and diseases that can affect whether or not your can have dental implants. Uncontrolled diabetes, cancer, radiation to the jaws, smoking, alcoholism, or uncontrolled periodontal (gum) disease may affect the success of your new implants. It is essential that you let your dental surgeon know all about your medical history and present conditions, and list all medications you are taking (prescribed/alternative/over-the-counter).
Having enough bone to support and anchor the implants is another important factor to consider. Even if you have lost bone in your jaw, however, you may still be a good candidate for implants.
Dental implants may be recommended to prevent further bone loss. In these situations, bone can actually be rebuilt with grafting procedures as part of the implant process.
Successful implantation begins with a thorough evaluation of your jaw, teeth, mouth and overall health. Your dentist will compile and study all necessary records, including models of your mouth/bite and 3D scans. The 3D scan is especially important, because it will help identify areas of bone loss, see the shape of your sinuses and location of nerves. All these steps play important role in determine the right size of implant and placement position in the bone.
People At Risk of Poor Outcomes.
As mentioned above, uncontrolled diabetes, cancer, radiation to the jaws, smoking, alcoholism, or uncontrolled periodontal (gum) disease may affect the success of your new implants.
Overall, dental implants have a very high rate of success and patients come back to tell us how happy they are with the outcome. If you are considering implants, we can complete a careful examination to determine what options are best suited for you. Call us today to make that appointment!
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