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Am I a Candidate for Dental Implants?

For qualifying patients, dental implants offer a range of aesthetic and health benefits. Good candidates for implant placement are individuals with healthy gums and sufficient bone density in their jaw, among other factors. The best way to find out if you are a candidate for dental implants is to schedule an appointment at our Lincoln, NE, dental office. Dr. Andrew R. Glenn can perform a comprehensive evaluation of your oral health and take scans and x-rays to see if dental implants are right for you. If you do not initially qualify for implants, we can also help to restore your candidacy with a bone graft or another preparatory procedure. 
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Dr. Glenn offers various types of implants so a larger number of patients can qualify for treatment.

Ideal Candidates for Implants

There are several factors which ensure you are a good candidate for implant placement, including:

  • Good gum health: The success of dental implants is tied to the health of the gum tissue surrounding them. Periodontal disease or other issues with your gums can increase your risk of complications.
  • Sufficient bone density: Dental implants are placed into the jaw and rely on the surrounding bone for support. Having sufficient tissue in the jaw bone is crucial for the success of your implant-supported restoration.
  • Good oral health: A healthy and well-cared for smile is another key trait of an ideal dental implant candidate. You will also need to commit to diligent at-home care and regular dental exams.

Since smoking affects your ability to heal properly, you should be a non-smoker or willing to quit smoking for the duration of the healing process. Good overall health is also necessary as you will need to undergo at least one surgical procedure to restore your smile. 

Factors Which Can Impact Candidacy

Certain characteristics and conditions can limit your ability to receive dental implants. Individuals who are not generally good candidates for implants include:

  • Pregnant women
  • Heavy smokers
  • Individuals whose jaws are still growing
  • Alcohol or substance abusers
  • Individuals taking certain medications, such as immunosuppressants
  • Patients who have received high-dose radiation to the head or neck

In addition, if you have a chronic disease, such as uncontrolled diabetes or hemophilia, dental implants may not be right for you. However, it depends on the extent and severity of your condition and how it affects your overall health.

Determining Your Candidacy

During your initial consultation at our office, we can take x-rays and scans of your jaw using our iCat 3D imaging system. We will assess the amount of bone tissue in your jaw and the location and size of your sinuses. Dr. Glenn will also perform a examination of your oral health to identify any potential risk factors, such as infection or gum disease. 

In some cases, patients who are not candidates for traditional implants may still qualify for mini dental implants. 

You will also have the opportunity to discuss your treatment options with Dr. Glenn. He may make recommendations for methods of improving your candidacy, such as a bone grafting procedure. In some cases, patients who are not candidates for traditional implants may still qualify for mini dental implants

Make an Appointment

If you are interested in replacing lost teeth with dental implants, contact our office online or call (402) 421-3401 to speak to a member of our team today. Our team can assess your candidacy and determine if dental implants are right for you. 

Lincoln Office

Open Today 7:00am-3:00pm All hours

3401 Plantation Dr Ste 100
Lincoln, NE 68516

Directions (402) 421-3401

My anxiety has been through the roof the past 3 weeks but I would have never imagined it could be so easy. Thank you Dr Glenn! He has made the whole experience amazing! If you are looking for a knowledgable, caring and talented surgeon, look no further! Dr. Andrew Glenn is awesome! I have never been a fan of the dentist's office!!!
Wanda Moses
June 2016

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