WHO IS A CANDIDATE FOR DENTAL IMPLANTS?
Dental implants are one of the most popular options today when it comes to replacing missing teeth. They offer several benefits over traditional replacement options such as bridges and dentures. Not only do they restore the functions of your teeth and the aesthetics of your smile, the titanium rods that are inserted into your jaw help to preserve the strength and integrity of your bone. With a consultation at National Dental Hicksville, we will be able to help you to determine if dental implants are the best option for you.
Have You Lost Teeth?
One of the most obvious factors that can make you a candidate for dental implants is that you are missing teeth. Tooth loss can happen for a variety of reasons. While gum disease is one of the most common reasons for tooth loss, other reasons include bruxism, oral trauma, and smoking. Implants can be used to replace any number of missing teeth, whether you have lost one, or you have lost several. They are also an option if you are about to have a tooth extracted.
Are You Healthy?
Implants require a surgical procedure. To heal from surgery, you must be in good overall health. Conditions like gum disease can lead to an infection and implant failure. It is important that gum disease is treated before your implant surgery. A condition like diabetes can slow your ability to heal, which can also lead to an infection. It is important that any chronic health conditions be under control before your procedure.
Are You a Smoker?
Cigarettes, along with other tobacco products, contain numerous harmful chemicals. Tobacco products slow your blood flow and limit the oxygen present in your blood. Both of these things can greatly impact your ability to heal properly.
Smoking can also lead to dry socket. Dry socket is a condition in which the clots at of the implant site become dislodged. This leaves an open wound into which bacteria can invade, which can then lead to an infection and possible implant failure.
How Old are You?
Many patients think that they cannot get implants because they are too old. You are, in fact, never too old, so long as you meet the other criteria for being a candidate for implants. You can, however, be too young. Children’s jaws continue to grow and develop well into their late teen years. Placing an implant in a developing jaw can seriously stunt the development of your child’s mouth. If your child has lost a permanent tooth, another replacement option will be considered until their jaw stops growing.
What is the State of Your Jawbone?
For your jaw to fuse properly with the implants, you have to have sufficient bone mass in the first place. Without the necessary bone density, your implants may fail. However, just because you have experienced bone loss, that does not mean you cannot get implants. There are a few options available to you including a bone graft or All-on-4® treatment concept.
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With an initial consultation, we can help you to determine if dental implants are indeed your best option. If they are, we will then move forward with the implant procedure. To schedule your consultation, contact National Dental Hicksville today at (516) 629-5086!