Candidates for Dental Implants

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Generally speaking, dental implants are suitable for most people. If you’re missing one, several, or all your teeth, you can get dental implants to permanently replace your missing teeth. Furthermore, dental implants look, feel, and function like actual teeth and most patients even forget which specific tooth is an implant. Furthermore, the availability of bridges, all-on-four dentures, and other prosthetic options also makes dental implants convenient for a wide range of patients.

In some cases, patients may not qualify for dental implants due to certain limitations or background. However, most of the challenges associated with dental implants can be overcome. If you’re missing one or several teeth and considering dental implants, you may wonder if you’re a suitable candidate. You should consult your dentist for a thorough evaluation to determine your candidacy. However, this article gets you started with a general overview of who is or isn’t a candidate for dental implants.

You’re a Candidate for Dental Implants if…

#1. You have missing teeth

Dental implants are the ideal teeth replacement option. If you’re missing a single tooth, you can get one dental implant with a prosthetic crown. If you’re missing multiple teeth in a single line, you can get one or two implants to support a dental bridge. And if you’re missing all your teeth, you can get four implants per arch to support a permanent denture. Since the implant is bonded to your bone structure, it looks, acts, and feels like actual teeth.

#2. You are an adult

There’s no upper age limit for dental implants, but there is a lower age limit for implants. You must be an adult to get dental implants — teenagers or children with missing teeth can’t get implants. That’s because your jawbone structure continues growing and developing until your 20s, and you must have a fully-developed jawbone to support the implant. As such, you can consider dental implants if you’re an adult with missing teeth.

#3. You are in generally good physical health 

You must undergo oral surgery to get dental implants. The titanium or ceramic implant must be drilled into your jawbone via the empty socket of your missing tooth. As such, your body must have strong healing capabilities to facilitate the osseointegration process after the dental implants, i.e., the process whereby the bone tissues bond with the implants. If you have underlying health conditions, like diabetes, you’ll need to get them under control before implants. 

#4. You have good oral health

You must have good oral health to get dental implants. If you have cavities, periodontitis, or other oral health conditions when you get implants, there’s a strong chance of implant failure. As such, if your dentist identifies the early signs of dental problems, you must get them treated and resolved before getting dental implants.

#5. You have sufficient jawbone

The titanium or ceramic implant is drilled into the jawbone, which serves as the base to hold your implant in place. As such, you must have sufficient jawbone tissues to get implants. Without sufficient jawbone, the implant might loosen or fail, leading to potential complications down the line. You should get the dental implant soon after the tooth loss to prevent your jawbone from disintegrating, which would delay the implant process.

You’re Not a Candidate for Dental Implants if…

#1. You have compromised healing capabilities

Some people have compromised healing capabilities due to underlying medical conditions, the use of drugs called bisphosphonates, and other factors. If your body can’t heal properly, you can’t undergo implant surgery. However, your dentist may ask you to stop taking certain medications or start taking certain antibiotics to build up your immune system and healing capacities.

#2. You have insufficient jawbone

As mentioned earlier, the loss of teeth can lead to jawbone disintegration. And it’s necessary for you to have sufficient jawbone tissues to anchor the implant and facilitate osseointegration. Patients with insufficient jawbone tissues need to delay the procedure and opt for bone regeneration techniques. The best way to avoid this is to get implants soon after tooth loss.

Tips to Improve Your Dental Implant Candidacy

  • Stop using tobacco in any form because it compromises your healing ability.
  • Maintain optimal oral health and hygiene.
  • Brush and floss your teeth twice a day to promote oral hygiene.
  • Go for regular teeth cleanings and checkups to maintain oral health.
  • Opt for dental implants soon after losing your teeth to prevent jaw degeneration.

  • Undergo a bone grafting procedure if you have insufficient jawbone.
  • Get ceramic implants instead of titanium implants to reduce the risk of titanium allergies..

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