|Am I a Candidate for Dental Implants?
Opting for a restorative surgery using dental implants for missing teeth can be a life changing decision for many. Getting dental implants is next best to having a set of natural teeth that not only look but feel great too. At Summerbrook Dental Group, we are committed to devising the best treatment plans for our patients that come through seeking implant-supported restoration. Whether you want to restore a missing tooth or two, or get an entirely new set of teeth, dental implants have proven to be an optimal solution for such cases.
What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are artificial structures made from titanium that are used to replace missing teeth. A candidate may qualify for dental implants if they are missing one or more teeth. With screw-like devices, a dental surgeon establishes the implant in the jawbone, which acts as a foundation for artificial teeth, often called a crown.
An abutment is a device typically used to connect the synthetic tooth to the implants. Depending on the number of teeth that need to be restored, implants can be categorized into two types — single tooth implants and multiple tooth implants. One can also opt for mini dental implants which are placed through a less-invasive process and are usually much smaller than conventional implants in size.
Candidates for Dental Implants
Are you struggling with the loss of one or more teeth? Have you grown weary of dealing with dentures or bridges? If so, you are likely a candidate for implant-supported restorative surgery. Candidates must be in above average oral and overall health, with a healthy gum line. Conventional dental implants require that patients must have not suffered from significant bone density loss.
If you lack the required bone density, that does not necessarily disqualify you as an implant candidate. Alternative techniques such as the All-on-4® Treatment Concept or implant supported dentures may open up new possibilities, however they may require you to undergo bone grafting, sinus lift, or other supportive surgeries.
Patients at Risk of Poor Outcomes
Diabetes, cancer, excessive alcohol use, smoking, or underlying periodontal conditions can negatively affect the outcome of implant-supported restorative surgeries. A dental surgeon will need to assess your overall health before they can appropriately devise a restorative roadmap for you. Patients with certain habits, such as those who impulsively grind their teeth, can adversely affect the healing or settling process of implants.
Patients who are unable to meet the minimum threshold for bone density may be advised to opt for an All-on-4 surgery or permanent dentures, depending on their oral health. Drug abuse or dependency on certain types of medication such as steroids can also impact the candidacy of patients.
Dental implants have shown a very high rate of success among patients compared to other restorative surgeries. If you are considering getting dental implants, Summerbrook Dental Group can assist you in taking the next steps. Call us at 720-882-9988 to book your appointment.