Are You a Candidate for Dental Implants?
Ask our Pembroke, ON Dentist
If you have recently lost or broken a tooth, or have lived with either of these conditions for a short time, then you might be the ideal candidate for dental implants. At Parkview Dental Clinc, Dr. James Munro can help you restore your smile by placing dental implants. We encourage you to read on to learn more about what makes a patient a candidate for dental implants.
The Ideal Implant Candidate
A good candidate for dental implant treatment may have:
- One or More Missing Teeth: You must be either missing teeth or be at risk to lose teeth before you can be considered for treatment with implants.
- Good Oral Health: In order for the implant process to succeed, it is important that the patient’s mouth is free of oral disease. Conditions like gum disease and tooth decay can infect the implant site, causing the treatment to fail.
- Stable Overall Health: Because the dental implant process requires surgery, the patient must be in stable overall health in order to prevent complications during this procedure.
- Strong Jawbone: Dental implants are placed directly into the patient’s jawbone where they will then fuse to the structure. In order for this fusion to succeed, the jawbone must be strong enough to handle it.
- Willingness to Follow Aftercare Instructions: It is vital that you follow all aftercare instructions given by an implant provider, as they could be the difference between treatment success and failure.
For some patients the implant process can be complicated by a condition or habit, such as:
- Pregnancy: Expecting mothers are generally advised against pursuing any kind of nonessential surgical procedures. This includes dental implant treatment. Pregnant patients will need to wait until after their child is born before they will be able to have their implants placed.
- Age: For younger patients, placing dental implants while their jawbone is still growing can result in complications down the line. For this reason, these patients may need to wait until they are older before they can have implants placed.
- Smoking: Smoking is a dangerous habit that can lead to infection and tooth decay. These conditions can cause the implants to fail to integrate with the jawbone. A patient who smokes will need to give up the habit before having implants placed.