Am I a Candidate for Dental Implants

Jul 27 • 2 minute read

Total Family Dental Group –  Am I a Candidate For Dental Implants?

Dental implants are an innovative solution that allows for replacement of missing teeth and actively prevents facial collapse due to tooth loss. However, how do you know if you are an ideal candidate for dental implants? While many patients with missing teeth can benefit from this treatment, patients need to meet additional criteria to enjoy successful restoration.  At Total Family Dental Group, we provide dental implant solutions for patients looking to restore the look and function of their smiles. 

Ideal Candidates for Dental Implants

Dental implants, gums, and the jawbone are intricately connected and need each other for successful replacement of missing teeth. With this in mind, ideal candidates have:

Adequate Bone Density

For the long-term success of your dental implant, the bone at the placement site must be of adequate density. Your implant dentist will determine if sufficient quality as well as shape of bone is available before placement. When needed, procedures such as bone grafting are provided for patients to have sufficient bone density to support a dental implant. 

Good General and Oral Health

Healthy gums and good overall health are key indicators of an ideal candidate for dental implant placement. If you’ve had teeth removed due to decay, or advanced periodontal disease that caused gums to pull away from tooth roots, these issues must be addressed before you are considered a candidate. Our experienced dentists at Total Family Dentistry will conduct a comprehensive evaluation of your oral health, and can answer any questions you may have about your eligibility for dental implants. 

Habits such as smoking can affect your eligibility for dental implant placement, as it can hinder healing. Patients who are not prepared to follow post-surgery instructions, such as avoiding tobacco use and taking specific care of their smile may need to reconsider a separate treatment, such as dentures or a dental bridge. 

Dental Implant Evaluation and Consultation

In order to determine if you are a candidate for dental implant treatment, an examination of your smile and oral health, as well as your medical and dental histories, is needed. During this appointment, you may have X-rays taken, as well as a CT scan if available. These detailed images showcase the amount of bone in your jaw and where specific nerves and sinuses are located, which allows for the precise planning of implant treatment. 

From here, we provide treatment options based on the findings of this examination. It’s important to ask questions about cost, the procedure itself, and any possible complications that may occur. Seeing a trusted, experienced dentist is essential when finding the right treatment plan to replace the missing teeth in your smile.  

Contact Total Family Dental Group Today

The implant dentists and team at our dental practice are here to provide implant solutions for your missing teeth. For more information about our dental implant services, contact Total Family Dental Group today to schedule an appointment. We provide aesthetically pleasing restorations to enhance the look of your smile. 

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