Who is a Candidate for Dental Implants?
Tooth loss is quite common, with nearly 80 percent of all American adults missing at least one of their permanent teeth from their smile. Not only can a missing tooth tarnish your beautiful smile, but it can also lead to gum shrinkage, bone loss, and pain and discomfort when you try to eat.
For our patients who have lost one or more of their teeth, we here at Carolina Smiles Family Dentistry like to introduce them to the many benefits of dental implants. Permanent, attractive, and natural-looking, these are a great option for many people who are missing teeth. However, not everyone is going to be a good candidate for this procedure.
Who Can Get a Dental Implant?
While dental implants are still a relatively new procedure, over half a million people are choosing to get them done every single year. They look and feel natural and can give the patient a long-lasting restoration for their missing teeth. It is understandable that so many people would want this treatment option to help improve their smile!
There are several different factors that we consider when determining who is a good candidate for dental implants. A good candidate for them has healthy gums with no active infection. They also do not have significant bone loss in their jaw, either. A good candidate for dental implants is a non-smoker and does not use tobacco products. They also practice good oral hygiene and will take good care of their implant. They also must be in good general health, too. We do not recommend that women who are pregnant get a dental implant, either.
What if I’m Not a Good Candidate?
During your appointment with us, we will thoroughly assess your oral health to help determine if you are a good candidate. We may take X-rays to give us a better understanding of your bone tissue in your jaw, too. If we see anything of concern that may prevent us from immediately moving forward with a dental implant procedure, we will discuss it with you to allow you understand why you are currently not a good candidate for dental implants.
Please know that if you are not a good candidate for dental implants now, it does not mean that you will always be a poor candidate for them. For instance, we can wait until after a pregnant patient delivers her baby to proceed with them. Patients who are in poor oral health can receive treatment for their gum disease or periodontitis. If you smoke or use tobacco products, we strongly advise that you quit for both your overall health and the outcome of your dental implant. Even patients who have advanced bone loss in their jaw may be able to overcome this obstacle with a bone graft procedure.
Are You Interested in Learning More?
Getting a dental implant is a safe and routine outpatient procedure. The surgery itself typically takes less than an hour to an hour and a half to complete and may be performed under a combination of local anesthesia and intravenous (IV) anesthesia. If you would like to schedule a consultation with us here at Carolina Smiles Family Dentistry to determine if you are a good candidate for them, please give us a call here at (803) 310-4707 today!