Who Is a Candidate for Dental Implants?
Are You Missing Teeth?Dental Implants are a solution to tooth loss. There are many types of dental implants, which allow us to meet a variety of different needs. Implants can replace a single tooth, a section of teeth, or an entire arch. No matter how many teeth you are missing, there is likely an implant solution for you. Implants may also be discussed as an option if you have a damaged or decayed tooth that needs to be extracted.
Are You Healthy?Dental implants require surgery for placement. To undergo surgery, you need to be in good overall health. A thorough oral exam is performed before treatment to check your mouth for issues like cavities and periodontal disease. These issues will require treatment before dental implant placement. During your initial consultation, we will also go over your medical history. Any chronic health issues, such as diabetes or heart disease will need to manage well for you to undergo surgery.
Do You Smoke or Drink?Smoking and drinking will not disqualify you from getting dental implants, but you will be strongly urged to quit. Excessive alcohol consumption can interfere with the ability of your blood to clot, which can lead to bleeding issues. Smoking can significantly increase your risk for developing infections as increase your risk for implant failure. The chemicals in cigarettes and other tobacco products restrict oxygen in your blood and slow blood flow. Not only are your gums deprived of essential nutrients during recovery, which can lengthen the recovery period, these chemicals can also interfere with your immune system, preventing your body from effectively fighting off infections.
What Does Your Jawbone Look Like?Implants rely on your jawbone for success. As you heal from surgery, your bone fuses to the posts, stabilizing them within your jaw. However, following tooth loss, your jawbone begins to lose bone mass. If too much bone mass is lost, your jawbone may not be able to fuse properly, or may not be able to fuse at all. If you do not have enough bone mass in your jaw during your initial consultation, you may require a bone graft first. If you are missing an entire arch of teeth, however, there are alternative implant treatments that help you to avoid the need for a bone graft.
Is it Possible to be Too Old?Many older patients mistakenly think they cannot get dental implants because they are too old. You are never too old for implants. As long as you meet other requirements, dental implants can provide you with numerous incredible benefits, no matter how old you are.
Dental implants are an incredible treatment that provides you with numerous incredible benefits. If you have suffered tooth loss, and are interested in finding out if you are a candidate, call Aesthetic Dentistry of Bend - Thomas E. Wold, DMD at (541) 389-0261 to schedule your consultation today.