Dental Implant Candidacy
Undergoing multiple tooth extraction, or losing teeth in other ways may threaten the confidence of your smile. If you are considering dental implants to replace your missing teeth, it is imperative that you know if you are a suitable candidate to receive them. Dental implants are small titanium posts that are surgically placed into the jawbone. They act as tooth roots to permanent artificial crowns, and simulate a complete tooth. Medhat Dental Excellence restores the charming smiles of our patients with dental implants, improving their oral health. The following factors can determine your candidacy for dental implants.
Sufficient Jawbone Density
Patients who want to enjoy the numerous benefits of dental implants should have adequate jawbone density. This is very vital as the dental implant will be held securely in the jawbone. When our professionals place the implant post, the jawbone undergoes a successful bonding process with the implant called osseointegration. This process requires that the jawbone is already healthy and can support the implant.
Having Healthy Gum
A dental implant procedure requires healthy gums to be successful. Since the implants will be placed in the bone under the gum, poor gum health can terribly affect the success of the healing procedure. Patients who suffer gum disease also run the risk of complicating the process as this disease may cause bone infection. Bone infection causes risk to the oral and general health of a patient, increasing the risk of dental implant failure.
Oral And General Health
Patients who have adequate jawbone density and healthy gums will also need to be in good general health and also have healthy oral hygiene. The implant procedure is a surgical process that requires local anesthesia. Our professionals will assess your medical records with you to determine your candidacy. Moreover, patients who maintain good oral health have higher chances of implant success.
Why You May Not Be Considered For Dental Implants
Oftentimes, patients may need to hold off on getting dental implants if they are in poor general health or have some serious medical conditions. Patients who have uncontrolled diabetes, and patients who depend on some particular medications may not be able to receive dental implants immediately. Also, patients who are pregnant or are currently undergoing treatments that require radiation may have to wait to get dental implants. Smoking also poses a high level of failure risk for dental implants, so smokers will need to stop smoking before and through the implant placement and healing process. Finally, age also determines candidacy. Patients who are still young may not be able to receive dental implants as their jawbones are still growing, and are not fully set.
Are You A Candidate?
The best way to find out if you are an ideal candidate for dental implants is to speak to our professionals. With the help of X-rays and digital scans, we will examine your oral and jawbone health. We will also appraise your medical records and health to ensure that you are well-suited for an implant procedure. Moreover, you may need other procedures like tooth extraction, bone graft or a sinus lift, to ensure that your dental implant procedure is efficiently done. Our professionals will also help you understand the entire procedure, so that you can embark on your smile restoration with confidence. Contact us at Medhat Dental Excellence by calling us at (773) 774-4611, to schedule your convenient consultation.