Am I a Candidate for Dental Implants?
Taking care of your teeth at home and attending routine dental appointments are two of the best ways of ensuring great oral health, and this can also help you to retain your natural teeth for as long as possible. Nevertheless, there are instances where teeth either fall out on their own accord or need to be extracted in order to preserve the rest of your teeth and the health of your mouth. These scenarios can leave you with one or more gaps in your smile.
If you have lost one or more teeth, you aren’t alone. Research shows that most adults will have lost at least one permanent tooth by the age of 35. Unsurprisingly, the effect of missing teeth can be considerable, from making it harder to bite and chew your food and to pronounce sounds correctly, to causing you to feel self-conscious or embarrassed about your appearance. Fortunately, you don’t have to live with the effects of tooth loss forever.
Dental implants are a permanent way to replace missing teeth with an alternative that allows for more natural function and appearance than any other solution. But, how do you know if you are a suitable candidate for dental implants? Let’s find out.
Before you can be approved for dental implants you will need to attend a consultation. This appointment is used to obtain important information about the health and condition of your teeth and your overall health in order to decide if you are a suitable candidate for treatment. Some of the factors that will be taken into consideration will include:
If your teeth and gums are healthy
At Belviso Oral & Facial Surgery we will want to be sure that your other teeth and gums are healthy and in good condition before you undergo dental implant surgery. Therefore, if there is any outstanding dental work required, such as fillings, crowns, root canal or treatment for gum disease, this needs to take place first. The latter is particularly important since moderate to severe gum disease can actually affect the success of your implant procedure and could cause them to fall out in the future. This is because gum disease can cause infection in the bone and other supporting structures, causing them to deteriorate and the implants to come loose.
Is your jaw healthy and strong?
As we know, bone health is crucial for dental implants. When the posts are placed, the jawbone then heals around them to anchor them permanently in position, giving them the stability and durability for which they are known. If this process doesn’t happen, the implants won’t be secure, and the solution will fail. Before you can be approved for the procedure, your oral surgeon in Manhattan NY will carry out assessments to check the health and density of your jawbone. If your jaw doesn’t meet the necessary requirements, you may be able to have a procedure known as bone grafting which could enable you to have implants at a later stage.
Do you smoke?
Smoking is the natural enemy of dental implants. This is because smoking has been proven to increase your risk of developing gum disease, which as we know, puts implants at risk. However, this isn’t the only reason. Smoking also inhibits the natural healing process, and this makes healing following implant surgery take longer and patients are at far greater risk of complications. As such, patients who smoke may be refused as candidates for dental implants.
Will you look after your teeth properly?
Although dental implants require minimal maintenance, you will still need to take very good care of them and your natural teeth to keep them looking great and functioning properly. Belviso Oral & Facial Surgery will need to know that you are committed to brushing, flossing and visiting your dentist as per their recommendations.
If you are considering dental implants and would like to find out if you are a candidate for this effective and permanent tooth replacement solution, please contact our office in Manhattan NY at (212) 606-2345.