How to Know You’re a Candidate for Dental Implants

How to Know You’re a Candidate for Dental Implants

Dental implants continue to be an increasingly popular choice for patients who want natural-looking alternatives to replace their missing teeth. Dental implants involve screws made from titanium, which are attached to the patient’s jaw. 

The screw is hidden in the same way the roots of a real tooth are concealed so that the replacement tooth’s appearance is natural. Over time, the growth of bone and fusion of tissue will secure the implant into place.

If you suffer from missing teeth and struggle to eat or talk properly, which can impact your confidence, then dental implants can be a valuable solution. Read on to find out if you could be a potential candidate for dental implants. 

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Let’s explore what might make you a great candidate for dental implants.

Missing Teeth 

Generally, dental implants are used as a treatment for patients who have missing teeth. Your dentist will need to evaluate the reason for your missing tooth to identify the problem. In addition, the dentist might require information about your oral routine to confirm that the gums and other teeth are healthy. 

Dentures and Bridges

For patients struggling with dentures and bridges, dental implants can be a suitable alternative. The implants can stabilize and support the dentures further to make them more comfortable for the wearer. 

Oral and Overall Health 

While you need a valid reason to request dental implants, there are other factors to consider. Patients need to have good overall health, especially when it comes to oral health. Certain health conditions might prevent you from being eligible for dental implant surgery. 

To support the implant, your gums also need to be in a healthy condition, which is why your dentist will inquire about your oral regime. If you have a good routine, brushing your teeth, flossing, and using mouthwash twice a day, then your dentist will likely be satisfied to go ahead with the procedure. 

Sufficient Bone Density 

The same healthy benchmark applies to sufficient bone density. The patient’s jawbone must be healthy and strong enough to support the dental implants, which will be screwed into the bone. 

Patients experiencing bone loss may not be a strong dental implant candidate. However, this doesn’t completely exclude patients with insufficient bone density. It might just mean that other procedures would have to be put in place first, such as bone grafting, for the dental implants to work effectively. 

Reasons Why You Might Not Be Eligible 

Lifestyle and illness can interfere with the decision for dental implants. If you smoke tobacco, then this treatment is not recommended, as smoking can hinder the healing process. Conditions such as leukemia and diabetes can also disrupt the healing after surgery. However, each patient is different, and your dentist will personally assess you before making a decision. 

Book An Appointment

Book an appointment with Kozlow and Rowell today to find out if you could be eligible for dental implants to bring back your natural, happy smile.