Am I a Candidate For Dental Implants?

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Am I a Candidate For Dental Implants?


Knowing how intensive the dental implant process can be, we receive many patients who are curious about candidacy. Because dental implants require surgery to complete, many patients question whether or not they might qualify for the treatment.

While we require a consultation with every patient before determining their candidacy for treatment, there are factors you can look at to get a good idea if implants are right for you before you even schedule this consultation.

Aspects Of The Ideal Dental Implant Candidate

Some traits we look at when determining a patient’s candidacy for dental implant treatment includes:

  • At Least One Missing Tooth: Patients looking for treatment with dental implants must have at least one missing tooth, or must be at risk of losing a tooth.
  • Adequate Bone Density: Dental implants are inserted directly into the jawbone. In order for them to properly fuse to the structure, you must have a healthy jawbone. For this reason, patients should pursue implant treatment quickly to lessen the effects of jawbone deterioration. Dr. Stuart J. Froum even employs the newest techniques to increase bone density for implant placement.
  • Good Oral Health: Oral conditions such as gum disease and tooth decay can infect the implant site, resulting in the treatment’s failure. Before you can begin the implant process, you will need to have these conditions under control.
  • Good Bodily Health: As the implant process requires surgery to complete, your bodily health must be stable enough to handle the procedure.
  • Willingness To Follow Aftercare Instructions: In order for your treatment to have the best chances of success, it is important that you follow any aftercare instructions provided to you by Dr. Stuart J. Froum.

Less-Than-Ideal Candidates For Dental Implants

Patients who are currently living with the following traits may not initially qualify for treatment with dental implants:

  • Youth: For teenagers and young adults, receiving implants can be complicated due to the fact that their jawbone is still growing. Until this growth is complete, these patients will be unable to move forward with the implant treatment.
  • Pregnancy: Women who are pregnant are advised against receiving any kind of non-vital surgical treatment until their child has been born. We will be able to schedule your treatment afterward.
  • Tobacco Use: Both smoking and chewing tobacco can invite bacteria and decay to your smile. Partaking in these habits can also infect the implant site, resulting in increased risk of treatment failure.
  • Certain Diseases: Conditions like uncontrolled diabetes, leukemia, heart disease, and cancer can increase the risk of implant failure. For this reason, treatment may be delayed for these patients until the condition is either cured or well maintained.

Supplemental Procedures

Some patients are not able to move forward with dental implants after their first consultation. However, that doesn’t mean they are forever barred from the treatment. Through the use of supplemental procedures, these patients may be able to move forward after a period of healing.

Bone Grafting For Jawbone Deterioration

Not many people are aware, but the jawbone requires constant stimulation and exercise in order to stay healthy and strong. This comes from chewing and speaking, activities which cause vibrations that travel from the crown, down the tooth roots, and into the jawbone.

When you lose a tooth, the section of the jawbone that housed that missing tooth’s root will no longer get the exercise it needs and will begin to deteriorate as a result.

Bone grafting may be the solution to this condition. This treatment takes donated bone tissue and grafts it to the deficient areas of your jawbone. Thanks to the same regenerative process that allows osseointegration to be possible, your jawbone will heal around this new tissue, taking it and integrating it within itself. This restores density to the structure, allowing your jawbone to support implants moving forward.

It is important that you treat jawbone deterioration, as the condition affects more than just your ability to receive implants. In fact, the condition can have drastic effects on your facial appearance. The jawbone is partially responsible for the structure of your face, so when it deteriorates, you lose vital support.

Effects of this include sunken cheeks and premature wrinkling around the lips. Because of this, patients suffering from severe jawbone deterioration are often described as appearing aged or unhealthy.

Soft Tissue Augmentation For Gum Recession

Gum recession refers to the practice of gum tissue shrinking away from your teeth, often exposing your tooth roots and causing sensitivity. There are many different reasons for why you might begin to experience gum recession:

  • Brushing Too Aggressively: When you brush too aggressively, you can damage the sensitive gums, causing them to begin receding.
  • Poor Oral Health: By failing to properly care for your oral health, you leave behind dangerous bacteria and tartar that can eat away at your gums.
  • Gum Disease: When your gums become infected, we refer to it as gum disease. This condition attacks your gums, causing them to deteriorate and pull away from your teeth.

When it comes to treating gum recession, we can provide a treatment called soft tissue augmentation, or gum grafting. During this treatment, gum tissue will be taken from your palate or from a tissue bank and grafted to cover the exposed root. In certain circumstances, we use donated gum tissue (tissue bank) instead.

This procedure can do more than just restore your candidacy for implant treatment. Not only will this treatment reduce sensitivity in your teeth, but it can improve the overall look of your smile. Full, complete gums will go a long way toward protecting your smile for years to come. These procedures can reverse the “long in the tooth look” that occurs with gum recession giving you and your smile a younger appearance.

Find Out If You Need Supplemental Procedures To Qualify For Dental Implants

In order to determine your candidacy for treatment with dental implants, as well as whether or not you might need a supplemental procedure, you will need to attend a no-obligation consultation with Dr. Stuart J. Froum. During this appointment, he will check the status of your oral health, as well as inquire about your overall health.

After a thorough and painless oral examination of your teeth, gums and jawbone using the data gathered, he will recommend a treatment plan that fits your need. Don’t hesitate any longer, contact our office and receive the care you need.