Who is a Candidate For Dental Implants?
Dental implants have quickly become one of the top choices when it comes to replacing your missing teeth. While they do involve a surgical procedure, they have numerous benefits. Not only do they restore your eating and speech abilities (much like other restorative options), they also come with benefits that dentures and traditionally fixed bridges do not. Implants help to preserve the integrity of your jawbone, keeping it healthy and strong. At National Dental Upper East Side, we offer dental implants, whether you are missing one tooth or all of them. However, before you can get implants, you first need a consultation to determine whether or not you are a candidate.
You Are Missing TeethDental implants are meant to replace missing teeth. Tooth loss can occur as a result of any one several causes, including gum disease, facial trauma, smoking, bruxism or even age. Implants can also be discussed as an option for replacing teeth that will be extracted in our office.
Your General Health is GoodYou must be in good overall health. Getting dental implants involves a surgical procedure. If your health is compromised in any way, or you suffer from certain health conditions, you are put at risk for developing an infection, and your implants may fail. Gum disease needs to be treated before getting implants. Conditions like diabetes can affect your body’s ability to heal. If your healing is slowed, there is a greater risk of complications and infection.
You Don’t SmokeSmoking, or tobacco products of any kind for that matter, also affect your body’s ability to heal. The chemicals in tobacco reduce the amount of oxygen in your blood, as well as slow the flow of blood. This hampers your body’s ability to send essential nutrients to the surgical sites. Smoking can also cause dry socket, a condition in which the clots become dislodged, exposing the interior of your gum tissue, as well as your jawbone, and providing a clear path for harmful bacteria. If you want to be considered for implants, you will need to quit smoking. If you cannot quit for good, you need to be willing to commit to quitting for a set timeframe before your procedure, as well as while you heal.
You’re Never Too OldMany patients believe that they are too old for dental implants. The truth is, you are never too old. You can, however, be too young. Your jaw develops over the course of many years. It doesn’t stop growing until you reach your late teens or even early 20s. Placing an implant in an underdeveloped jaw hampers the development of the jaw, and can lead to serious issues. If your child has experienced the loss of a permanent tooth, another alternative must first be used until his or her jaw has fully developed.
The Health of Your Jawbone MattersFor implants to stay strong and stable in your jaw, you must have sufficient bone mass. If you have experienced bone loss before seeking dental implants, you may not have enough to successfully support implants. If this is the case, this does not automatically mean you are not a candidate. There are still options available. One option is the All-on-4® treatment concept. Your other option involves a bone graft, another surgical procedure designed to restore strength to the jawbone by adding back natural or synthetic bone material. Once you have healed from a bone graft, then the implant procedure can begin.
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Dental implants can be a great solution for patients who have suffered tooth loss. If you are missing teeth, whether it’s one or many, contact National Dental Upper East Side at (646) 736-2206 and schedule your consultation today!