Dental implants are a permanent solution for individuals who are missing teeth or need to replace existing ones. They can be used to replace a single tooth, several teeth, or all your teeth as an alternative to dentures. You could be a candidate for dental implants if you have good general and oral health and you have enough bone to effectively support the implants.
Do You Have Enough Bone Density to Support Dental Implants?
Dental implants are inserted directly into the bone. A healthy jawbone provides the stability that is needed for you to be able to chew and bite with your implants. However, if the bone density in your jaw is low, it might not be able to support the implants. Dental surgeons can sometimes perform a bone graft to restore your bone density before placing the implants, so low bone density doesn't necessarily mean you are not a candidate for dental implants, but the procedure will be more complicated.
Do You Have Gum Disease?
If you have gum disease, your dentist will need to treat this condition before you can get dental implants. Placing implants into diseased gum tissue can lead to the treatment being unsuccessful. After successful treatment for your gum disease, you could be a candidate.
Are You in Good Health?
Health conditions such as uncontrolled diabetes and autoimmune disorders can make healing after dental implant surgery more difficult. Smoking also affects your ability to heal, which is why many dental surgeons only offer implant surgery to non-smokers and those who are willing to abstain from smoking during the implant process.
Although some health conditions can make you an unsuitable candidate for dental implants, most people who have good general and oral health can benefit from this treatment. Your dentist can assess your individual suitability for dental implants, so book a consultation to find out more.