Male dentist showing his female patient a dental implant in clinic

Who is a Good Candidate for Dental Implants?

If you’re missing one or more of your natural teeth, you know how frustrating it can be to feel your best. No matter what you do to your appearance, you might feel as though your smile is holding you back. Implants a permanent solution to missing teeth, and they don’t require that surrounding dentition be filed down or damaged in order to restore what’s missing.

Understanding More About Dental Implants
The majority of dental implants available are made out of titanium. This makes them a long-term and surgically safe solution to all of your smile woes. The implant is placed into the bone of the jaw and given several months to heal. During the healing process, the implant bonds with surrounding bone matter. Once it’s healed, the implant can hold onto crowns, dentures, bridge work and other restorations that were once a problem for that particular area.

Who is a Good Candidate for the Procedure?
Because a dental implant needs healthy bone structure to fuse correctly, it’s important that your jaw be free of any bone loss. Bone loss often occurs as a result of periodontal disease, which is incredibly common among adults over the age of 30. If you have a significant amount of bone loss, we may suggest that you have a bone grafting done in order to build a more solid foundation for the new implant. This procedure is especially critical if you have severe bone loss or if you’re going to be having multiple implants placed around the same area.

Factors to Consider Before Surgery
Oral surgery is minor in comparison to other operations, but it is still a surgical procedure. You should be healthy enough to undergo the procedure itself as well as have the ability to fully heal from it after it’s completed in the office. If you have a disorder, medical ailment or disease that prevents your body from completely healing from surgery, you may not be a suitable candidate for implants. However, a medical history and review will be conducted before any type of appointment is scheduled. Most people who want or require implants can have the surgery performed without any ill effects. If you suffer from bone loss after you’ve had implants placed, they may need to be removed and a bone grafting done. This builds the area so that new implants can then be placed.

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