Dental implants can transform your smile, restore self-confidence, and boost oral health. Many patients who have compromised or missing teeth want to know whether they are good candidates for dental implants. Here are the criteria that implant patients should meet:
- Absence of Gum Disease
- Sufficient Bone Density
- Good Oral and Overall Health
- Solid Home Care Routine
- No Tobacco Use
- Little to No Tooth Grinding (Bruxism)
This blog will briefly explain dental implants and why each patient criterion is essential.
What is a Dental Implant?
Dental implants are the field's leading replacement for missing teeth. Implants consist of a safe titanium post that screws into the jawbone, forming a permanent bond through osseointegration. On top of the implant, the dentist places a stainless steel abutment and a dental crown. When properly cared for, a dental implant will last for a lifetime. The crown itself may last up to 8-10 years.
Implants can replace single teeth or an entire arch at a time. They can also support bridges.
Criteria for Implant Patients
No Gum Disease
Patients who want dental implants need healthy gums. Excellent gum health is a must because gum disease weakens the bone and gum tissues. Even after the condition receives treatment, gum disease may damage the gums and jawbone. Before getting dental implants, do everything you can to treat gum disease.
Sufficient Bone Density
Patients need strong jawbones to attach dental implants. If your jaw has deteriorated due to medical problems or missing teeth, you may be able to get bone graft surgery to bolster its strength. This step will add time to your dental implant process.
Our office also offers mini dental implants (MDIs) for patients with insufficient bone density for a traditional implant. These implants are also excellent for small spaces.
Good Overall Health
Dental implant surgery requires anesthesia, so you must be in good health before receiving the surgery. If you have medical contraindications for anesthesia, you may not be able to get implants.
Excellent Home Care
Taking care of dental implants requires a rigorous home care routine. Brushing at least twice daily with fluoride toothpaste and flossing once daily should be the minimum.
Lack of Tobacco Use
People who smoke or use other forms of tobacco are not good candidates for dental implants. Nicotine restricts blood flow to the gums, weakens the immune system, and inhibits healing. If you want dental implants and currently use tobacco, try your best to quit. Your primary care doctor will have resources.
Absence of Bruxism
People with severe bruxism (teeth grinding) may not be able to receive implants because their condition could cause damage.
Becoming a Good Candidate for Dental Implants
Following the recommendations in this article can increase your chances of a successful dental implant procedure.