Signs You're a Dental Implant Candidate
Feeling ready for dental implants is one thing, but that's actually just the first step. If you've decided that you'd like to replace missing teeth with implants, it's time to learn more about your own candidacy. The only way to know definitively whether implants are a good fit is by scheduling a consultation with an Elkhart implant provider. But in the meantime, you can (and should!) educate yourself on what implant candidacy requires. You'll be able to avoid any surprises, and have a more thorough conversation with your implant dentist.
Who's a Strong Dental Implant Candidate?
If you possess the following, you're likely ready for implant placement:
- Healthy gums - Good periodontal health is absolutely vital. When your implants are placed, an extended healing period follows. Healthy gums help ensure that there aren't any infections or complications coming up during this time. If you have gum disease, we will treat it and help you regain your good health.
- Adequate bone density - After tooth loss, the bone tissue in the area begins to resorb. It dissolves into the bloodstream and weakens the area. Implants need to be able to connect with the bone in your jaw, so you may require a bone graft in order to properly anchor the implants. We will take x-rays and CT scans to determine your bone density.
- Good oral hygiene - You need to be able to take excellent care of your teeth to keep the surgical site clean. Daily brushing and flossing are crucial.
- Commitment to success - Because implants take some time to heal and integrate with your bone, you need to be committed to your success and to proper care during the healing period. Just ask if you ever have questions!
When are Implants Not Advised?
Some patients aren't ideal implant candidates. This group includes
- Young people whose jaws are still growing
- Pregnant women
- Heavy smokers
- Heavy drinkers
- People who have received radiation treatments at the head or neck
- People with certain diseases (hemophilia, connective-tissue diseases, untreated diabetes)
- People who take certain medications that suppress the immune system
- People who have severe bruxism, which heightens the risk of implant failure