Who Is A Candidate For Dental Implants?

Posted on 8/7/2023 by Thomas Wold, DMD
Who Is A Candidate For Dental Implants?Dental implants provide an excellent solution for individuals who have missing teeth. When compared to dentures and bridges, they stand out as the superior alternative. Dental implants are suitable for people of all age groups; hence ideal for nearly everyone. A good candidate for dental implants must have the following:

Healthy Gums

For dental implants to be successful and integrate with the jawbone, it is crucial that your gums are in a healthy condition. Patients who have gum diseases are at a higher risk of implant failure. Therefore, thoroughly cleaning the gums is necessary before you get implants.

Enough Bone Density

The patient needs to have sufficient bone structure to secure support for implants. If the existing bone is inadequate, it may require enhancements through a grafting procedure. An artificial bone material is added to the deficient area. In some cases, a membrane may be used to secure the grafted bone in place. Over time, the body naturally regenerates the graft, allowing it to become a part of the patient's bone structure.

Better Overall Health

Your overall health must be good for you to undergo implant dentistry. Smoking, alcohol consumption, and diabetes can lower implant success rates. These conditions can negatively impact oral health and impede the implant's healing process. However, if diabetes is well-managed, you may still be eligible for dental implants, although it may affect the healing process to some extent.

Commited to Good Oral Hygiene

You must be dedicated to maintaining proper oral hygiene for the longevity and success of dental implants. Make sure you brush your teeth every day. In addition, floss at least once a day to keep your oral health in optimal condition. It is also crucial to schedule routine dental visits for dental check-ups and cleaning.
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