Who is a Candidate for Dental Implants?
You Have Lost One or More Tooth
Implants are a treatment for tooth loss. They may also be discussed as an option to replace teeth if you are not yet missing any, but you are in need of tooth extraction. They are a unique treatment that is also incredibly versatile. Dental implants can be used to replace a single tooth, several teeth, or even an entire arch. The number of implant posts required for your restoration depends on several factors, including how many teeth are being replaced and the condition of your jawbone.
You are in Good Health
Unlike traditional dental replacements, dental implants require a surgical procedure for placement. To undergo surgery, you need to be in good health. During your initial consultation, we go over your medical history and discuss any conditions you are being treated for and what medications you are taking. Certain types of medical conditions, when not well-managed, can interfere with the success of your treatment.
We also perform a thorough oral evaluation during your consultation. This gives us an opportunity to diagnose any issues such as gum disease or cavities that you might not know exist. These issues will need to be treated before implant placement to prevent the risk of infections.
You Do Not Smoke or Drink
Habits like tobacco use and alcohol can significantly impede the healing process. Excessive alcohol consumption can affect the ability of your blood to clot properly, which can cause bleeding issues. Smoking and other tobacco products can both slow blood flow as well as impede your immune system. These issues slow healing and affect the ability of your body to effectively fight off infections and other complications.
Your Jawbone is Strong Enough
While dental implants have a high rate of success, they rely on the stability of your jawbone. For your bone to fuse properly, you need to have enough bone mass remaining. Following tooth loss, however, you begin to lose bone mass. If you lose too much bone mass, your jawbone may not be able to fuse completely, or at all, which can increase the risk of implant failure. If you lack sufficient bone mass, a bone graft may first be required.
How Important is Age?
Despite popular belief, you are never too old to experience the many benefits that dental implants have to offer. As long as your jawbone is sufficiently strong, you are in good health, and you meet other requirements, you can receive dental implants no matter how old you are.
Dental implants can be used to meet many different tooth replacement needs. Call Legato Dental Centre at (250) 860-5253 today to schedule your consultation and find out if dental implants are the right treatment for you.