Dental implants have become one of the most desirable treatment options to treat the loss of one or more teeth. Secured within the mouth by titanium posts, restorations attached with dental implants feel just like natural teeth
and carry no risk of shifting or slipping within the mouth like traditional dentures.
Lincoln restorative dentist Andrew Glenn has fitted hundreds of patients with dental implants over the years. But if you have just begun to consider the procedure, how do you know if you are a good dental implant candidate?
What Makes a Good Candidate for Dental Implants?
If you are a healthy individual who has lost one or more teeth to injury, tooth decay, or another form of damage, there is a very good chance that you are a candidate for dental implants. But there are some signs that your dentist will look for to confirm this initial assessment:
A Healthy Mouth and Gums: In order for dental implants to successfully take hold, they must be implanted into a healthy mouth. If you are suffering from advanced gum disease or periodontitis, you could be putting yourself at risk for further problems or your mouth rejecting the implants. Your dentist may ask you to address any gum issues first before dental implant planning can continue.
A Strong Jawbone: Your jaw is the bedrock into which dental implants are placed, and it must be strong enough to hold the implants in place and successfully graft together (a process known as osseointegration). If you have a thinner or more delicate jawbone, this may not preclude you from the option of dental implants; your restorative dentist may, however, recommend bone grafts to strengthen the jaw and improve the quality of your bone structure before proceeding with the implants surgery.
No Smoking: The average dentist will recommend that you quit smoking no matter what the reason is, but it is especially important if you are considering dental implants. Tobacco smoke can critically irritate the soft tissue of the gums while they heal, while the act of smoking can deprive your bloodstream of all the oxygen it needs, delaying the healing and osseointegration process. This could lead to infections or to your body rejecting the implants, negating all of the previous work done. If you do smoke, your dentist will probably recommend that you quit for at least six weeks before moving forward with surgery.
Learn More about Dental Implants from Your Cosmetic Dentist
For the right candidate, dental implants can be a fantastic choice to improve the health and appearance of your smile. Only a qualified and experienced dental expert can perform a proper assessment and determine whether dental implants are the right choice for you. Our team at the office of Andrew R. Glenn, DDS, is professional, knowledgeable, and ready to help you achieve the smile you deserve. If you are considering dental implants, contact Dr. Glenn to schedule an appointment and discuss your dental implant options today.
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