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Are you a Candidate for Dental Implants?

Dental implants might be the best solution for tooth loss but unfortunately, not everyone with missing teeth may be granted implants. There are certain dental conditions before patients become eligible for this procedure.

The most important qualification of an implant candidate is completely formed bones. Children under 18 are still growing, which makes them ineligible to get implants. The implants are installed into the jawbone so there should be enough bone density to hold them.

Underlying medical conditions like cancer, periodontal disease or active diabetes does not rule you out of getting implants. You only need to undergo additional treatment before being permitted to get dental implants. This could take a longer process, but if it is the solution you really require, it might be worth the extra wait.

There are different kinds of treatment plans for implants, this is based on how strong and dense your jawbones are, your personal oral hygiene, and the condition of your oral tissues. As implants require excellent dental habits, a dentist might require you to show a commitment to follow aftercare instructions before agreeing to the procedure.

Another important factor is smoking. Smokers have higher risks of implant rejection than people who live healthier lifestyles. If you are a smoker, your dentist will strongly urge you to quit for a significant amount of time before the procedure. In case you do not meet some of the criteria and you really need an implant, you can ask for small diameter implants or mini implants instead.

Implants are among the most popular procedures in dental surgery. Although success is still on a case-to-case basis, you still have a 90 to 95 % chance of having a successful procedure. If you are still not sure if you can be permitted to undergo this dental procedure, you should consult implant dentists for a more conclusive result.

You don’t have to live with tooth loss forever, call us today for more information on dental implants and if this is the right solution for you.