Are You A Good Candidate For Dental Implants?
Dental implants are titanium screws that are surgically positioned in the jawbone below the gums. An abutment attaches the dental implants to crowns or bridges that restore the tooth structure above the gum line. Dental implants have lucrative benefits that make you want to replace your missing teeth but not everybody is a good candidate for dental implants. To
determine whether you are a good candidate to receive dental implant treatment, your dentist will look at a few factors:
1. Do you have adequate jawbone support?
The success of dental implants heavily relies on your jawbone';s density. In order to be a good candidate for dental implants, you need to have adequate bone height and width. This will be determined using X-rays. In the case of inadequacy, bone grafting will be performed. Bone tissues from a healthy donor area will be transplanted to your jawbone to increase its density.
2. Are you in good overall health?
To be a good candidate for dental implants, you need to be in good overall health. Dental implant placement involves a surgical procedure, which requires you to be in optimal health. If you have any untreated diseases or conditions like diabetes or anemia, inform your dentist about the same. Also, inform him about any medication that you are on, because it can interfere with the healing process. Pregnant women are also not good candidates to receive dental implants.
3. Do you have healthy gums?
Healthy gums are essential to support a dental implant. Patients suffering from periodontal disease are not good candidates for dental implants.
4. Will your lifestyle choices affect the dental implant's success rate negatively?
Your regular habits and lifestyle choices have a great impact on your dental implant’s success rate. Habits like smoking and chewing tobacco-based products have a negative impact on the healing rate and reduce the jawbone bone density. It is recommended that if you want to be a good candidate for dental implants, begin some type of smoking cessation program at least three months prior to implant surgery.
The most reliable way to determine whether you are a candidate for dental implants or not, is to visit with a qualified prosthodontist. We at Doan Dental use state of the art technology to systematically restore the damage and enhance your smile. With a custom treatment plan, your smile will look more youthful, lustrous and radiate health and beauty. Dr. Trung Doan has 13 years of experience under his belt and has his dedicated team to treat multiple dental issues with full-mouth reconstruction and cosmetic dentistry. Doan Dental transforms the smiles of patients living at Rancho Santa Margarita and Orange in California. Book an appointment with us at (949)713-6720 or (714) 634-8111 or visit us at 26111 Antonio Pkwy #200, Rancho Santa Margarita, CA 92688 or at 1409 W Chapman Ave #B, Orange, CA 92868.