Am I a Candidate for Dental Implants
About one in three Americans have lost at least one tooth. Dental implants are recommended for just about anyone who has lost a single tooth or several teeth. For many individuals, dental implants are an ideal tooth restoration option that allows them to get replacement teeth within just a few days. For others, it may take many weeks or months to undergo a complete dental implant procedure due to the longer amount of time it takes for their implant to heal.
Implant dentistry is considered to be the gold standard for teeth replacement. Using dental implants has revolutionized the field of dentistry. With older methods of teeth replacement such as traditional bridges or dentures, bone loss and overall appearance were points of contention. With dental implants paving the way, teeth replacement methods can fill in the gaps in your smile and restore your teeth’s functionality. If you would like to know more about implant dentistry, and whether you are a candidate for it, contact Advanced Dental Specialty Group so we can help you.
Implant dentistry can be customized according to the needs of the patient, and how many teeth need replacing. A dental implant can fill in any need. With a single missing tooth, a crown is usually used as a tooth replacement. With multiple missing teeth, there are a few options available, including implant-supported bridges and implant-supported dentures. The type of dental implant recommended to the patient depends on their jawbone. Endosteal (in the bone) implants are used most commonly, but subperiosteal (on the bone) implants may be an ideal option for those with insufficient bone height.
There are many benefits of dental implants. There are several factors we must take into account at Advanced Dental Specialty Group when considering the eligibility of a patient for dental implants. “Am I a Candidate for Dental Implants?” is one of our most frequently asked questions (FAQ) about dental implants.
What Makes a Good Candidate for Dental Implants?
Before dental implants can be placed a thorough assessment needs to be done in order to determine if the patient is a good candidate for the procedure. Specific factors should be addressed before the procedure can begin. Dental implants can only be placed in an oral cavity with sufficient bone mass to support the implants. Due to this, the age of the patient is important because we all slowly lose bone mass over time naturally. Anyone who is over the age of 60 is considered to be at high risk. This is the same for anyone undergoing radiology treatments because those types of treatments have been known to diminish bone mass.
Since implant dentistry does require surgery for placement, there are certain factors that go into determining who can be a candidate for dental implants to maximize the chance for success. The most important requirement for a dental implant is a sturdy jaw and gums. One of the unfortunate side-effects of tooth loss is that the jawbone starts losing mass because of a lack of stimulation. If your gums and jaw aren’t strong enough to support the dental implants, we may recommend some degree of bone grafting depending on the severity of the bone or gum degradation. Bone grafting refers to a procedure where we take out bone tissues from other parts of your body or other biomaterials to use in augmenting the density of your jawbone. Some patients actually need a combination of bone grafting or sinus augmentation before their implant procedure to save their jawbone from any further degradation. Note, however, that a bone grafting procedure might add several weeks or even months to the duration of your implant procedure, depending on the time it takes for the bone graft to heal properly.
Dental Implant Alternatives
When a patient does not have enough bone mass to support the dental implants there are other tooth replacement options available. There are mini-implants which are simply small versions of traditional implants. Due to their small size, they do not have to be embedded as deeply as traditional dental implants. This is the same for the All-on-4® Treatment Concept which inserts the dental implants at an angle which does not drive them as deeply into the bone.
Some individuals are better-off with other types of tooth restorations since dental implants require oral surgery. For instance, certain medications and health conditions suppress the immune system, making it much harder for patients to recover from surgery. Also, dental implants are short-lived in people with oral problems such as teeth grinding and teeth clenching, due to prolonged, excessive pressure on the implants, as they will be subjected to extreme pressure that will compromise them quickly.
In rare cases, the jawbone degradation may be too widespread to salvage for a dental implant to hold. This is sometimes the case with people suffering from advanced stages of oral problems like gingivitis, or a tooth abscess. People that are heavy smokers or consume a lot of alcohol are more likely to develop these extreme levels of oral problems. The use of certain medications such as steroids or drugs that inhibit the immune system also significantly reduces the chances of succeeding with a dental implant. Others who may not be good candidates for dental implants include those suffering from uncontrolled diabetes or are undergoing cancer treatments. If you are among any of these categories of people, we won’t write off your chances of succeeding with a dental implant straight off the bat. We will still examine your prospects of using a dental implant and might recommend special modern dental implants like All-on-4 Treatment for you.
However, if your chances of succeeding are too slender, we might recommend other dental restorations like dental bridges or dentures.
If you are looking for tooth replacement options and are wondering if implant dentistry is right for you, please do not hesitate to contact us here at Advanced Dental Specialty Group by calling us at 385 381-6464 today. We can help make sure that you get the tooth restoration treatment you need to help you smile with confidence once more.