Dental implants have become a popular restoration treatment for those who have missing teeth. The ideal patient has one or more teeth that are missing. An implant is a prosthetic, or artificial tooth that holds a replacement tooth or a bridge. There are two types: endosteal and subperiosteal. Endosteal is the most commonly used implant and it is surgically inserted into the jawbone. Subperiosteal implants are attached along the top of the jaw instead of in it.
Who is a candidate for implants?
Dental implants are effective and a long lasting solution and almost everyone can handle the implant procedure. So, how do you know if you would make a good candidate for the implant procedure? Here are a few things you may want to check out before scheduling an implant.
- Are your gums healthy?
- Dental implants are closely connected to the gums in the mouth. Patients who have gum disease are not good candidates for this procedure.
- Is your bone density in good shape?
- You will need an adequate amount of bone to help support and secure an implant.
- Do you have good oral health?
- Other than the missing teeth you are treating, your mouth should be healthy.
Other Factors to Consider
There are also a few other factors that can determine whether or not you are a good candidate for dental implants. For instance, if you are a smoker it can inhibit your body’s ability to heal properly and you may not be a good candidate. If you have any other diseases or disorders that impair the ability of the body to heal, there are other options that might work better for your situation. Discuss dental implants with your dentist and together develop a treatment plan that will work for you.