Who is a Candidate for Dental Implants?
Dental implants are a treatment used to replace missing teeth. This unique treatment uses small titanium posts, which are surgically placed into the jawbone. As you heal from surgery, your bone fuses to the posts. This turns the posts into replacement roots, which provide secure support for your new teeth. Dental implants have a high rate of success and can be used to meet some different needs. However, before you can receive implants, a consultation is needed to determine your candidacy. Mettler & Griego Family Dentistry can help.
Are You Missing At least One Tooth?
Dental implants are a treatment used to replace missing teeth. This treatment is incredibly versatile and can be used to replace a single tooth all the way up to an entire arch of missing teeth. Even if you are not yet missing a tooth, but are scheduled for a tooth extraction, dental implants may be discussed as an option to replace the tooth after your extraction has been performed.
Are You Healthy?
To place dental implants, a surgical procedure is necessary. To undergo surgery, you need to be in good overall health. Oral health issues like gum disease and cavities can cause complications during surgery, increasing your risk for developing an infection. Chronic health issues such as heart disease and diabetes can also cause complications, both during surgery as well as during recovery. Oral health issues need to be treated before undergoing surgery while chronic conditions need to be well-managed before you can be considered a candidate.
Do You Smoke or Drink?
Smoking and drinking can significantly impact your ability to heal following surgery. Smoking slows blood flow and reduces oxygen levels in your blood. This slows the delivery of essential nutrients to your gums, which in turn, inhibits your ability to heal properly. The slower you heal, the greater your risk for developing an infection. Smoking cigarettes can also lead to a condition called dry socket. This is a condition in which a blood clot becomes dislodged, leaving an open wound that can increase your risk for infection. Excessive alcohol consumption can also affect clotting, which can cause serious issues during and after surgery. While these habits do not bar you from undergoing implant surgery, it is highly recommended that you quit.
What is the Condition of Your Jawbone?
Dental implants rely on your jawbone for success. As you heal from surgery, your bone gradually fuses to the posts in a process called osseointegration. This process stabilizes the posts in your jaw so that they can provide secure support for your replacement teeth. If you do not have enough bone mass in your jawbone, however, it can affect osseointegration, leading to unstable posts potential implant failure. In many cases, a bone graft may be required to restore strength to your jaw so that we can help to increase the success rate of your implants.
Does Age Matter?
You are never too old for dental implants. Even senior patients can enjoy the benefits, so long as they meet other requirements. No matter if you are in your 30s or if you are in your 70s, implants can provide you with several substantial benefits. If you are interested in finding out if dental implants are right for you, all you need to do is schedule a consultation.
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With dental implants, we do more than simply replace missing teeth. Implants restore the functions of missing teeth, the appearance of your smile, and help to protect the health of your jawbone. For more information, and to schedule your consultation, call Mettler & Griego Family Dentistry at (623) 562-5230 today.