Am I a Candidate for Dental Implants?

Dental implants offer a reliable and aesthetically pleasing solution for individuals with missing teeth, allowing them to regain their smile, confidence, and oral function. At AV Dental Wellness Group, the implant is a small, screw-like post usually made of titanium. It is surgically placed into the jawbone, acting as an artificial tooth root. The implant fixture provides stability and support for the dental restoration that will be attached to it. Dental implants offer several benefits, such as improved appearance, enhanced chewing and speaking abilities, durability, and preservation of jawbone health. They are considered a long-term solution for replacing missing teeth and can significantly improve the overall quality of life for individuals with tooth loss. 

Dental implant candidacy depends on oral health, jawbone quality and quantity, and general health conditions. Regular oral hygiene practices, including brushing, flossing, and routine dental check-ups, are essential to maintain the health and longevity of dental implants.

Advantages of Dental Implants

  • Dental implants look and feel like natural teeth. 
  • They allow you to chew and speak normally. 
  • With proper oral hygiene, they can last a lifetime. 
  • They are ideal for people with missing teeth due to age or injury. 
  • They don’t require other teeth to be ground down to hold a replacement tooth in place. 
  • Dental implants are an investment that can last a lifetime with good care. 
  • They don’t affect the surrounding teeth; you can still floss and brush them normally. 
  • They help to prevent bone loss in the jaw. 

Who Is a Suitable Candidate for Dental Implants? 

Candidates for dental implants are individuals who have missing teeth and are in good overall health. However, specific criteria are considered to determine if someone is a suitable candidate for dental implants. 

Sufficient Jawbone Density 

Adequate jawbone density is crucial for dental implant placement and long-term stability. The jawbone should be strong enough to support the implant and withstand the chewing forces. If there is insufficient bone, bone grafting or other augmentation procedures may be necessary to build up the jawbone. 

Healthy Gums

Healthy gums are essential for the success of dental implants. Gum or periodontal disease should be treated before implant surgery to minimize the risk of complications and ensure the long-term success of the implants. 

Overall Health 

Dental implant surgery is a surgical procedure, so general health plays a role in candidacy. Individuals with uncontrolled chronic conditions, such as uncontrolled diabetes or autoimmune disorders, may require careful evaluation and consultation with their healthcare provider to determine whether dental implants are viable. 

Oral Hygiene 

Good oral hygiene is crucial for the success of dental implants. Candidates should commit to maintaining proper oral hygiene practices, including regular brushing, flossing, and dental check-ups. 

Book an appointment today to determine if dental implants are the right option for you. Our dentist will evaluate your oral health, discuss your treatment options, and guide you through the implant process.