May 11, 2021
Missing teeth are a common problem among millions of Americans in the U.S., making simple things like eating, speaking, and smiling a struggle. Fortunately, dental implants are a great replacement solution to help people enjoy life the way they used to: comfortably and confidently.
If you’re considering this popular restorative procedure, you must keep in mind that this method isn’t for everyone. Wondering if you’re qualified to get them? Read along for a few characteristics that make someone a good dental implant candidate.
Although they’re often forgotten about, gums play a critical role in oral health. They protect the root of each tooth and securely holds them in place. However, your dental implant is much more likely to fail if you have gum disease because your mouth produces bacteria that attacks the jawbone, which supports the implants. This may cause the implant site to become infected or reject altogether. But if you have unhealthy gums, don’t worry—you can undergo periodontal therapy to restore your gums beforehand.
Sufficient Bone Density
Dental implants are known for providing superior durability. They’re able to do so because they’re anchored in the jawbone rather than simply resting on your gums. Fusion with the jawbone ensures they stay in place permanently, which is why an ample amount of bone density is necessary. If your jawbone has deteriorated, your dentist may be able to conduct a bone graft to create more area for the implant placement.
Commitment to Good Dental Health
Good oral hygiene should always be practiced, but it’s especially critical when you have dental implants. Even though implants are relatively low maintenance, their success relies heavily on a consistent, solid oral hygiene regimen: brushing your teeth twice a day, flossing daily, using mouthwash regularly, and visiting your dentist bi-annually for cleanings and checkups. Committing to good dental health will keep your implants in pristine condition for years to come.
No Poor Dental Habits
Poor dental behaviors, such as tobacco use and drinking alcohol, can leave your dental implants vulnerable to damage and negatively impact your mouth’s ability to heal quickly. If you partake in these habits, you may not be a good candidate for implants unless you can commit to quitting before, during, and after the procedure. Otherwise, you may experience dental implant failure anywhere within a few weeks to years following surgery. In this case, your dentist may recommend an alternative treatment option, like dentures.
Ultimately, your dentist is the best judge in determining whether you can benefit from dental implants. Schedule a consultation to ensure you’re a good candidate and start your journey towards a fully restored smile!
About the Practice
At Rowlett Dental Associates, we are passionate about smiles and work hard to provide high-quality clinical care and personalized customer service. Our dental team understands how missing teeth can dramatically affect someone’s oral and overall health, which is why we have everything patients need to rebuild their bite and confidence at the same time. If you’re wondering whether dental implants are right for you, schedule a consultation via our website or call (469) 299-8462.