Dental Implant Candidacy
When patients lose a tooth from dental trauma, tooth decay, or an extraction, they are faced with risks of some dental health issues. Replacing the missing tooth eliminates the chances of these risks. Among the many tooth replacement options, dental implants present as one of the most efficient and versatile replacement options. Although, patients who may want a dental implant will need to meet some medical requirements to be considered as candidates.
What Is An Implant?
Used to replace a missing tooth root, a dental implant is a small titanium rod that we place into the jawbone of a patient. This titanium rod is a biocompatible prosthetic that allows the jawbone to bond and grow around it, keeping it welded into place. This implant will go on to receive an artificial crown to simulate a complete tooth, from crown to root. Dental implants bring many benefits to the patient who receives it. However, our professionals check the implant eligibility of any patient by assessing the following.
Sufficient Bone Density
Dental implants go directly into the jawbone, which should grow around the implant to hold it securely. For this process to be successful, the patient needs to have an adequate jawbone. When patients lose teeth, the stimulation they provide for the jaw to keep its density is lost. Over time, the jawbone begins to resorb into itself, losing its shape and density. This makes it difficult for a dental implant to be successfully placed. Patients who have depleted bone density may have to undergo a supplementary procedure called bone grafting to replace missing bone.
Optimum General And Oral Health
Patients who want dental implants have to be in good general health. Since this requires a surgical procedure, they should not have any underlying health issues which may complicate the implant placement procedure. Also, patients should have good oral hygiene. Patients who care for their oral health have higher rates of successful post-implant care.
Our professionals will ensure that patients who need dental implants have gums that are healthy. Patients suffering from gum disease may have to wait until their periodontal disease is treated, or else they run the risk of causing serious infection to their oral health. Moreover, when the jawbone is exposed to gum disease, the chances of infecting the bone is very high. Infected jawbone will further cascade to general health issues, as well as possible implant failure.
How To Raise Your Chances Of Candidacy
While age is never a restriction to receiving dental implants, patients need to be grown adults to receive implants. This way, we are certain that their jawbone has stopped growing. Patients who need dental implants may avoid harmful habits such as consuming alcohol or smoking. These habits slow down the healing process. Also, patients under certain medications or are exposed to radiation will have to wait until their treatment is over, before receiving dental implants. Our professionals are always happy to help out with your questions about candidacy. Just reach out to us at Summerbrook Dental Group at 720-882-9988 to schedule your fitting appointment.