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How To Determine If You Are A Good Candidate For Dental Implants?

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Dental implants are the best way to replace missing or damaged teeth. Due to impressive technological advancements, most people are now able to receive implants without complication.

Good Candidates For Dental Implants

However, sufficient bone density in the jaw is needed to support an implant. Bone is living tissue and needs stimulation from teeth to maintain density and form. Lack of stimulation from a lost tooth causes bone depreciation. After a tooth is lost, the bone’s width decreases by twenty-five percent during the first year and experiences an overall decrease in height over the next few years.

In the past, the longer a tooth was missing the more difficult it was to successfully implant a replacement tooth. Sometimes implants were even impossible.

Today, bone grafting has become extremely common and is carried-through using laboratory crafted materials instead of existing bone from another part of the body. This makes dental implants an option for many more healthy people. Meaning, if you have lost a tooth and are in good health you are likely a prime candidate for dental implants.

There are a few situations where dental implants must be postponed or rejected altogether:

  1. Age: Children are not good candidates for dental implants, as their growth and development is not yet completed.

  2. Disease: Conditions such as cancer, uncontrolled diabetes and uncontrolled gum disease may prevent dental implants from bonding to bone, making anyone with these conditions not an ideal candidate for implants.

  3. Vices: Smoking, drug addiction and alcoholism can prevent a person from being a good candidate for implants. Like, the above disease, they may affect whether dental implants will fuse to bone.

It is important to inform your dental surgeon of all your medical conditions – past and present – along with various medications you are taking, whether herbal, prescribed and/or over-the-counter.

If you are in good health and have lost a tooth, make the decision sooner rather than later to get dental implants. The longer you wait the more your bone density will lessen, which will heighten your need for bone grafting in addition to the implant procedure.

The best way to find out if you are a good candidate for dental implants is to schedule a consultation. Contact us for more information and to set up an appointment today.


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