Most people know that dental implants are a good tooth replacement option. But who can get dental implants? The general answer is, “most people.” Of course, in specific cases, dental implants may not be an option. You’ll need to talk with your oral surgeon to find out if you’re a good candidate.
In the meantime, let’s look at some criteria of a good dental implant candidate.
Who Can Get Dental Implants?
If you’ve lost a tooth (or teeth) and want to get dental implants, these 3 elements need to be in place:
- Good gum health. Without healthy gums, implants (just like teeth) experience problems.
- Thick enough jawbone structure, since the implants will need a stable anchor.
Note: some patients with thin jawbone structure may still receive implants but will need some bone rebuilt first. Your oral surgeon will recommend a procedure that works best for you.
- Strong, daily oral hygiene habits – implants need regular brushing and flossing, as well as consistent dental visits.
Who Should Not Get Dental Implants?
Because of various reasons, some people shouldn’t get dental implants. Whether they’re ruled out permanently or just for a time, oral surgeons will advise against implants for:
- People whose jawbones are still growing.
- Pregnant women, to protect the unborn child.
- People who smoke regularly. Smoking causes the mouth to heal more slowly and can hinder implant success.
- People who abuse alcohol or other substances and are less likely to reliably practice good oral hygiene, follow the oral surgeon’s aftercare plan, or return for post-surgery follow-up.
- Cancer patients who have undergone high-dose radiation treatment in the head and neck area.
- People who use some medicines like steroids or drugs that weaken the immune system.
- People with a habit of forceful teeth grinding or clenching, which can put excess pressure on the dental implants and possibly cause them to fail.
Besides those issues, your oral surgeon may caution you if you have a few different chronic diseases or health problems. Ask your doctor’s advice – it may be that you’re still able to receive implants. It all depends on how severe or extensive your condition is.
Consultation is Your First Step
Have you lost a tooth or teeth recently? Do you want to avoid bone loss in your jaw? Do you want your smile to remain intact? Dental implants may be for you. Take the first step – give us a call and speak with our trained, welcoming staff. We’ll help you make an appointment to consult with an oral surgeon.
We’ll examine your teeth, take x-rays, and go over your dental and medical histories, as well as any other tests that may be needed. Then, you’ll talk with your oral surgeon about your dental implant options. This is a great opportunity to ask about cost, pros and cons, and timeline. Remember that we’re the professionals, but you’re the one who makes the final decision.
To restore your smile and prevent bone loss, call us today for a dental implant consultation.