Are You a Candidate for Dental Implants?
Dental implants are designed to treat tooth loss by replacing the entirety of the missing tooth, from root to crown. If you are missing one or more teeth, you may be a candidate for dental implant surgery. Although the continued evolution of implant technology has widened the pool of candidates eligible for the treatment, there are still some factors that may make patients ineligible or less-than-ideal candidates. We go over some of these here.
What Makes a Good Implant Dentistry Candidate?
If you have recently received dental extractions or root canals, or any dental treatment that addresses a dental infection, then you are most likely eligible for implant dental restorations. Being in good oral health is important, as a gum infection and an increased susceptibility to gum disease can increase the risk of dental implant failure. An infection of the gums can undermine the proper healing of the implant site and can promote bone loss, which can affect the stability of the implant fixture.
A candidate must also have sufficient bone density in the jaw. Implants rely on a healthy jawbone to properly assimilate with your oral anatomy, so that they can provide enduring stability for one or more dental crowns. In fact, their proper integration with the jawbone is a major reason why tooth implants can offer as many benefits as they do. If you have suffered from bone loss, there may not be enough to properly anchor the dental implant in place. In both cases — if you’ve suffered from extensive gum disease or bone loss — you may become eligible for dental implants after undergoing a supplemental procedure, such as a bone graft or a soft tissue grafting.
Other Factors That May Affect Your Candidacy
There are other conditions that may affect your eligibility for dental implants. These include:
- Smoking: Scientific evidence shows that smoking can considerably raise the risk of implant failure and postoperative infection, which is why we highly encourage our patients to quit smoking.
- Alcoholism: The consumption of alcohol can affect bone regeneration, which is an integral part of the dental implant process. If the alcohol compromises bone density around the implant site, the risk of failure is heightened.
- Allergies: Some patients may be allergic to the alloy that dental implants are made from, including nickel and titanium. We can help determine if you are allergic to the material through a test known as MELISA.
Start the Journey Towards a Stunning Smile
If you suffer from tooth loss or from extensive tooth decay, you may be a great candidate for dental implants. Only a dental implant dentist, however, can give you an accurate assessment of your eligibility. To schedule your no-obligation consultation with us, contact our Charlotte, NC, family and implant dentistry practice: 704-208-5545. Our smile makeover patients come to us from Charlotte, Gastonia, Greenville, Huntersville and Ashville, North Carolina.