August 19, 2016
There’s a reason they’re known as the best option for replacing missing teeth. Sometimes called “nature’s rival,” nothing else provides a truly comprehensive solution following tooth loss like dental implants. Dr. Givan provides implant dentistry for patients missing one, two, or a full row of teeth. Are you a candidate for dental implants in Fort Worth? Let’s take a closer look at the requirements of a successful dental implant procedure.
Candidates for Dental Implants
Dental implants are small metal posts inserted beneath the gum line. Here, they act as a prosthetic root for the tooth replacement (a crown, bridge, or denture). Other options in tooth replacement only give you back the crown, or the white, visible portion of the tooth. Root replacement is necessary for better oral health and improved stability for the replacement device.
Dental implants have a success rate as high as 95 percent in eligible patients. Still, implant dentistry is not for everyone. Are you fit for the replacement? The only way to know for sure whether or not dental implants are right for you is to schedule an appointment with your implant dentist. If you meet the following requirements, chances are good the answer is a resounding yes.
Your Tooth Loss Is Recent
If your tooth loss is recent, or if you are on the brink of having your damaged teeth extracted, your jawbone is likely strong enough to support the dental implants without a preparatory bone augmentation procedure. Dental implants require plenty of solid bone structure for successful anchoring, but tooth loss causes the jawbone to lose its shape and strength.
People who had their missing teeth replaced with non implant-retained dentures may have already experienced significant jawbone degeneration. In these cases, a bone augmentation procedure like a bone graft or sinus lift can enhance a patient’s eligibility for dental implants.
You Are In Good Overall Health
Because dental implants are placed with an initial procedure, patients should be healthy enough to recover from an invasive surgery. People with diseases that affect the immune system, like HIV/AIDS, uncontrolled diabetes, or advanced cancers may not be good candidates for traditional dental implants.
Additionally, successful dental implants require healthy gum tissue. Patients suffering from gum disease should seek treatment before dental implants can be considered. Your implant dentist will perform an initial examination of your gums, remaining teeth, and overall oral health to confirm your candidacy for dental implants.
You Don’t Smoke
While tobacco use will not preclude your candidacy for dental implants, patients who smoke or use other forms of tobacco should be aware of its effect on dental implants. Tobacco use is a leading cause of dental implant failure in otherwise healthy adults.
Let’s Discuss Your Candidacy for Dental Implants
Remember that the only way to know for sure whether or not you are eligible for implant dentistry is to schedule an appointment with your implant dentist in Fort Worth. You and Dr. Givan can explore your options in tooth replacement and decide which is right for you, your smile, and your lifestyle. Contact us to schedule an appointment today!
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