September 27, 2017
If you’ve been following our blog, by now you know that dental implants are by far the best option in tooth replacement. Nothing else rebuilds a missing tooth from the root up like dental implants. So now the question is — are you an eligible candidate for this popular replacement option? Not everyone is, but people who can successfully heal from an surgical procedure will enjoy all the benefits of a stable, secure smile that lasts for a lifetime to come. Your dentist in Coral Gables, Dr. Jose A. Bushdid, details what makes a person eligible for implant dentistry in this week’s blog post.
Healthy Jawbone Structure
Dental implants require plenty of healthy jawbone structure for proper anchoring. If your tooth loss is recent and you are in good oral health, you probably still have enough bone tissue to support implants. Missing teeth cause the jaw to weaken as nutrients are sent elsewhere — so if you’ve dealt with tooth loss for a while, you may not be eligible for dental implants right off the bat. Fortunately, a procedure like bone grafting or sinus lift can increase your candidacy for implant dentistry. These treatments create space for the new implants by adding volume to the area where bone has been lost.
Good Overall Health
Careful consideration must always be taken to make sure you are healthy enough to have an implant placed. People who have diseases affecting the immune system, like uncontrolled diabetes, advanced stage cancer, and other health conditions, are unlikely to properly heal after implantation. They may be better suited to a non-invasive replacement option, like a dental bridge or denture.
Promoting Dental Implant Success
Dental implants have a remarkably high success rate — more than 98% of dental implant procedures are successful. However, for patients who smoke or use tobacco, the risk that the bone will not properly heal together with the dental implant is greater. Avoid tobacco use and maintain a balanced, nutritious diet following implant placement to ensure your new tooth replacement heals properly. Maintain proper dental hygiene by brushing, flossing, and visiting your dentist as recommended, to prevent plaque and bacteria buildup for long term dental implant success.
Let’s Discuss Dental Implants in Coral Gables!
We’ve provided the basic information on dental implant eligibility here, but the only way to know for sure whether or not you are a good candidate for implant dentistry is to schedule an appointment with the team at Bushdid Smiles. We will evaluate your oral and overall health and recommend the replacement option that is best for you. Don’t wait to get started on your tooth replacement — get in touch with us today!
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