Am I a candidate for dental implants?

 

shutterstock_70276582-Small-300x165Dental implants offer a lifelike tooth replacement option to patients who have suffered tooth loss. In comparison to alternatives like bridges or dentures, dental implants tend to be more durable, stable and convenient for patients.

Understandably, an increasing number of patients want to pursue dental implants because of these characteristics. However, for the best chances of long-term success with dental implants, patients must be good candidates for implant placement.

Dental implants are made of titanium, which gives them their longevity because the jawbone is able to form a bond with that material. However, in order for the implants to “take,” the patient must have enough bone to begin with. 

Dental implants are made of titanium, which gives them their longevity because the jawbone is able to form a bond with that material.

This requirement can pose a potential obstacle for patients who have experienced bone loss following their initial tooth loss. As part of the treatment planning process, your oral surgeon will thoroughly examine your jaw structure, including via radiography, to determine whether you have sufficient bone to support osseointegration of the implant.

Patients who have lost a significant amount of bone at the implant site may not have to give up on the idea of dental implants, though. The oral surgeon may be able to perform a bone graft to provide supplemental bone to support osseointegration.

In addition to needing enough bone, patients also must be healthy enough to undergo the dental implant placement surgery. Your oral surgeon will gather your complete medical history before placing the dental implants.

Also, patients with uncontrolled gum disease must have that condition treated before they can undergo implant placement. This is a particularly important consideration for patients who are seeking dental implants due to tooth loss caused by advanced gum disease.

If you are interested in dental implants, you can schedule an evaluation with our skilled and dedicated team to determine whether you are a good candidate for dental implants. Even if your case is not immediately appropriate for this treatment, the oral surgeon may be able to perform additional procedures to help you qualify for dental implants.