Who is a Candidate for Dental Implants?
Losing your teeth causes several significant complications. In addition to making it more difficult to bite and chew, tooth loss affects your speech and the quality of your smile. It also impacts the health and shape of your jawbone. Today, the most popular solution for replacing missing teeth is dental implants. This unique treatment uses small titanium posts that are surgically placed into your jawbone. The bone fuses to the posts, stabilizing them in the jaw. The posts then become the roots that hold your dental restorations, or ceramic crowns, securely in place. Dental implants have a 98% success rate, but it is still important to determine if they are the right solution for you. Beyond Dental and Implant Center can help.
You are Missing One or More Teeth
Dental implants are designed to replace missing teeth. Treatment is incredibly versatile and can be used to replace a single missing tooth, several teeth, or even a full arch. The exact number of implants needed depends upon several factors, including the number of teeth you are missing and your jawbone. During your consultation, we can determine how many are needed as well as the best placement for the posts to provide you with the best results possible.
You are Healthy
Dental implants require surgery. To undergo surgery, you need to be in good overall health. In addition to performing an oral exam, which allows us to determine the presence of any gum disease or other issues that may interfere with implant placement, we also go over your medical history. If you have any conditions such as diabetes or heart disease, these conditions need to be well controlled. Uncontrolled health issues can pose risks, both during surgery as well as during recovery. Even having a fever or other illness can interfere with surgery. If you have been scheduled for surgery and notice symptoms of an illness, it is important that you call the office right away as your procedure may need to be rescheduled.
You Do Not Smoke
Smoking, or using other tobacco products, does not automatically disqualify you from undergoing implant surgery. However, it is recommended that you quit. If you cannot quit for good, it is recommended that you quit at least for the duration of your treatment and recovery. Smoking limits oxygen in your blood and slows your blood flow, both issues that can significantly slow healing. Slowed healing can increase your risk for developing an infection as well as increase your risk for implant failure.
Your Jawbone is in Good Shape
Dental implants rely on your jawbone for support. As you heal, your bone fuses to the posts, stabilizing them within your jaw. This turns your posts into strong roots that hold your new teeth securely in place. However, when you lose teeth, your jawbone begins to lose mass. If too much bone mass is lost, it becomes more difficult for your jaw to fuse properly. This can result in loose implants or implant failure. If you have lost too much bone mass, you may require a bone graft before you can undergo implant surgery.
Does Age Affect Candidacy?
Many older patients often think that they are simply too old to get dental implants. This could not be further from the truth. So long as you meet other requirements, you are never too old to enjoy the many benefits that dental implants have to offer. No matter if you are in your 30s, your 50s, your 70s or beyond, dental implants can greatly improve your quality of life.
With dental implants, we can restore the functions of your missing teeth as well as your smile and your quality of life. Call Beyond Dental and Implant Center today at (972) 591-7520 for more information and to schedule your consultation to see if dental implants are right for you.