Just as with normal teeth, it is important to clean implant supported dentures. With proper care, these will continue to look great and wear a long time. While some of the steps are the same, there are also some different methods required. Keep your new dentures in tip-top shape with the information provided.Thanks to advances…
Are You a Candidate for Dental Implants?
Dental implants are the best tooth replacement method in modern dentistry. These artificial teeth offer many benefits, from their natural appearance to their ability to preserve the jawbone. For those missing one or more teeth, dental implants are likely at the top of your list in terms of tooth replacement appliances.
To find out if you are able to successfully have dental implants placed, consider the following factors.
What makes you a good candidate for dental implants?
The ability to have dental implants placed depends on a variety of factors. The following are a few things to consider.
Sufficient jawbone density
The success of the procedure depends heavily on the amount of healthy jawbone left in the area. If there is not enough jawbone volume left to support an implant, the operation cannot go ahead. Bone grafting is advised to rebuild the jaw before a dental implant is placed for those who have lost a large amount of bone.
If the tooth has not been missing for too long, there is typically enough bone density to go ahead with the surgery. The longer you wait to have a dental implant placed, the more bone volume is lost. Having a tooth replaced as soon as you lose it is crucial to maintaining your oral health.
Good oral health
This means healthy teeth and gums. Each patient must be free of periodontal (gum disease) and have a generally clean mouth. Deep dental cleanings are recommended prior to having a dental implant placed to reduce the risk of infection.
A full evaluation of the teeth, gums, jaw and mouth will be completed prior to dental implant surgery approval. The dentist will most likely perform an X-ray evaluation. Those with good oral health will have the following qualities: Healthy jawbone volume, healthy gums and surrounding mouth tissue that is in good condition.
Good overall health
In a process known as osseointegration, the implant must fuse with the bone before the permanent crown is placed. This healing period lasts about 6 months. Conditions that affect the healing of the bone should be addressed prior to any dental implant surgery.
Uncontrolled diabetes, cancer, radiation treatment, smoking, advanced gum disease and excessive alcohol use can all affect the way the mouth heals. Although you may still be a good candidate with one of these conditions, a thorough assessment is still necessary to determine if the outcome will be a success.
Those who take medications like steroids or immunosuppressants may not be good candidates for dental implant placement. These interact poorly with the healing process of the body. Furthermore, patients who severely grind or clench their teeth (a medical condition known as bruxism) may not be good candidates either. Teeth grinding can cause long-term, irreversible damage to the implant.
Sinuses are very close to the tooth nerves. They need to be free of infection before any dental implant surgery takes place.
To find out if you are a good candidate for dental implants, contact our office to set up a consultation. We are happy to answer any of your questions.
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