Losing teeth leaves gap in your smile, which makes you embarrassed and anxious. If you are considering implants, a thorough evaluation by your dentist will help determine if you would be a good candidate. Consult now with your dentist now to ease your worry
Health status, compared to age, plays more decisive role in dental implantation success. Thorough health assessment is compulsorily required to know if you are a good candidate for dental implant or not. As long as patients are in good health there is a very good chance that they are a candidate for dental implants. Many cases have shown that the elders with good health are able to have their missing teeth replaced with dental implants successfully.
Certain people suffering from diabetes or leukemia are medically compromised (any surgery may put their life at risk) and therefore cannot have any elective surgery. Untreated condition will hamper the success of post-surgical healing. Patients with health problems would not be good candidates for dental implants.
People who smoke are not likely to be a viable candidate to achieve dental implant success because smoking hinders healing in the mouth.
The health of jawbone
Jawbone is a place in which natural teeth are embedded. Similarly, when replacing your missing tooth with implant, jawbone is important underlying fundament to hold the dental implant firmly in place to support the restoration (dental crown, bridge or denture) placed above. That’s why patients don’t have sufficient jawbone structure and/or density to qualify as a good candidate.
Missing teeth for a long time or periodontal disease can lead to deterioration of the jawbone. With the help of developments in dental technology, the dentist may indicate a special procedure (bone graft or sinus lift) in order to create sufficient amount of bone to adequately support the dental implant.
If you suffer from gum disease (periodontitis), it is advised to have thorough treatment prior to dental implant surgery. Gum disease is a bacterial infection of the gums, which potentially threatens the existence of bone supporting the teeth. Chronic periodontal disease is potential risk to dental implant success and longevity.