So, you have missing teeth. Maybe it is just one tooth, or it could be several. Either way, you are wondering if you are a candidate for dental implants. You are definitely on the right track because dental implants are the absolute best way to replace missing teeth. Almost everyone is a good candidate for dental implants, but there could be some conditions that might make them impractical – or at least impractical until certain conditions are corrected – so keep reading to learn more.
The ideal candidate for dental implants will have healthy gums, and any remaining teeth will also be healthy. The candidate will also have adequate bone density in his or her jaw to support dental implants. A commitment to proper oral hygiene is also an asset.
The candidate for dental implants will also have to be willing to commit to a long course of treatment – the procedure, from start to finish, can take anywhere from six months to a year, so if you are not willing to invest the time, then you are not a good candidate for dental implants.
Smokers who are not willing to forego the habit during treatment are also not good candidates for dental implants.
Sometimes, a person may be a poor candidate through no fault of their own. For instance, if you are a cancer patient, you may not be able to have implants. Also, if you have uncontrolled diabetes, or an auto-immune disorder, implants could be problematic.
If you lack sufficient bone density in your jaw, this could also disqualify you. However, you may be able to receive dental implants if you undergo bone grafting.
And finally, if you have gum disease, you will not be a good candidate for dental implants until the condition is corrected.
To learn more about the procedure, or to arrange a consultation to find out if you are a good candidate for dental implants, contact Designed Smiles at 714-529-0100 in Brea, CA. Dr. Grant Burdick will be happy to answer all your questions about dental implants. Contact us today to schedule an appointment. To learn more about dental implants, read our dental implants overview and the benefits of dental implants.