Dental Implants: Are You a Candidate?
While dental implants are one of the most popular tooth replacements today, not everyone may qualify for treatment. Ideal candidates for dental implants possess optimal oral health, with no indications of tooth decay or gum disease present in remaining teeth. Additionally, they have ample jawbone density to secure the implant firmly.
To qualify for dental implants, you must have enough jawbone to support the implant. If you have lost a significant amount of bone due to periodontal disease or tooth loss, a bone graft may be necessary to build up the jawbone before the implant is placed. Additionally, people who smoke or have certain medical conditions, such as diabetes, may not be good candidates for dental implants.
Another important factor to consider is your overall oral health. Dental implants require a healthy jawbone and gums to be successful. If you have active gum disease, it must be treated before the implant can be placed.
While dental implants are a highly effective solution for missing teeth, some people may need to undergo supplemental procedures before starting treatment. These procedures include:
- Bone Grafting: If you have lost a significant amount of jawbone, a bone graft may be necessary to build up the jawbone before the implant can be placed.
- Sinus Lift: If you’re missing upper back teeth, a sinus lift may be necessary to raise the sinus floor and make room for the implant.
- Ridge Augmentation: If the area where the implant will be placed is too narrow or has a shallow ridge, a ridge augmentation may be necessary to build up the area and provide a stable foundation for the implant.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I get dental implants if I have gum disease?
No, individuals with active gum disease or an untreated oral infection aren’t good candidates for dental implants. The implant placement procedure requires a healthy jawbone and gums, so any active infection or disease must be treated before the implant can be placed.
I have a history of smoking, does this mean I cannot get dental implants?
Smoking can affect the healing process and increase the risk of implant failure, so individuals who smoke may not be good candidates for dental implants. Your dentist or oral surgeon will evaluate your overall oral health, including your smoking history, to determine if dental implants are a suitable option for you.
Who is not suitable for dental implants?
Individuals with systemic diseases such as diabetes, Parkinson’s disease, and certain autoimmune disorders may be at an increased risk for implant complications and infections. Similarly, those suffering from osteoporosis, or taking medications for bone deterioration, may also have a higher likelihood of implant complications.
Determine Your Dental Implant Candidacy Today
Do you think dental implants are the best treatment for you? For those living in the Staten Island area, contact our dentists today to schedule your appointment. We’ll guide you through the treatment steps and see if you qualify for dental implants.
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