Am I A Candidate for Dental Implants?
Since dentists want you to have a permanent replacement tooth that will serve you for decades, dental implants are fitted in such a way that they will remain functional throughout your life. However, to ensure a successful placement, a dentist must first ensure that you are suitable for the surgery.
While many people can receive dental implants, some may not qualify and would have to seek an alternative, like a bridge or denture. At Dynamic Dental Care, we perform an assessment to evaluate whether dental implants are right for your situation. Whether you are receiving multiple tooth implants or just a single tooth implant, we have to determine that you are a candidate.
What Does Tooth Implant Surgery Involve?
A dentist places metal cylinder-like screws or posts into your jawbone. This process is invasive and, therefore, requires a patient to have the level of health necessary for a successful implant placement. Our dental implant placement has a high success rate, reaching up to 98 percent. Even so, there are situations where a dental implant should not be placed. Our trusted dentist will have to rule out any issues likely to impact the success of the surgery.
Factors Considered When Determining Implant Candidacy
Our dentist will look at various issues that can influence how successful a dental implant will be. With professional implant placement, proper care of the implant, and a pre-implant screening process, you can be sure that you will likely not develop any complications thereafter. Our dentist will look at several factors.
Any patient needing dental implants should have a considerable amount of bone density. Without proper density of the bone, your implants could get weak, loosen up, and eventually fall out. If the implant metal post is to fuse and bond properly with the jawbone, there has to be sufficient bone. If not, a patient receives a bone grafting procedure. There are also alternatives, such as zygomatic implants, that are affixed to the cheekbone in patients without sufficient jawbone. However, these are not for everyone.
A Lack of Existing Oral or Chronic Health Condition
To receive a single or multiple tooth implant, you need to have healthy gums. If gum disease is spotted, it has to be treated first. A patient needs to get their chronic conditions like diabetes, heart disease, or high blood pressure under control.
Ability to Keep Up with Your Oral Hygiene
While there are no special or additional oral hygiene practices needed for dental implants, it is crucial that a patient maintain proper dental hygiene at home. Brushing and flossing have to be done as required. A patient should brush twice daily and floss interdental spaces once daily. A soft brush is required for the teeth, and an irrigator or water flosser is necessary for cleaning around the implants. You also should be sure to have your routine visits to the dentist for checkups and exams.
Speak with us at Dynamic Dental Care if you have doubts about receiving dental implants. Our dentist will assess your implant candidacy and let you know if you qualify or not. If not, the dentist will tell you why and what options are available. Give us a call at (509) 466-2587 to set up an appointment.