Who Can Get Implants?
Dental implants are a treatment used to replace missing teeth. This modern alternative to bridges and dentures involves surgically placing small titanium posts into your jawbone to provide support for your replacement teeth. Your bone fuses to the posts as you heal, stabilizing them in your jaw so that they can hold your teeth securely in place. Implants provide many significant benefits, including greater comfort, ease of care, and providing you with a long-term solution. At ARCHPOINT, we provide dental implants to meet many different needs. However, a consultation is still necessary to determine if you are a good candidate.
Are You Missing Teeth?
Tooth loss can happen for many reasons. You may lose a tooth because of gum disease or because of facial trauma. You may have a significantly decayed or damaged tooth that needs to be extracted. Dental implants are a solution for replacing missing teeth. Implants can replace a single tooth, several consecutive teeth, or even a full arch of teeth.
How Healthy are You?
Getting dental implants requires that you undergo surgery. To be considered a candidate for surgery, you need to be in good health. During your initial consultation, we go over your medical history. Certain types of medical conditions can cause complications during surgery or affect your recovery. This does not mean you cannot receive implants. Conditions like diabetes or heart disease need to be well managed before you can undergo treatment.
During your consultation, we also take a close look at your mouth. We examine your remaining teeth for signs of decay and cavities. We also assess your gums for redness, swelling, periodontal pockets, and gum recession. These are all signs of gum disease. These issues significantly increase your risk of developing an infection and need to be treated before surgery.
Do You Smoke or Drink?
Tobacco use and alcohol consumption can both cause serious complications during surgery as well as during your recovery. Excessive alcohol consumption prevents your blood from clotting properly, which can cause bleeding issues. It is highly recommended that you quit drinking for some time before surgery, as well as during recovery.
Tobacco products, such as cigarettes, slow your blood flow and limit the amount of oxygen found in your blood. This significantly affects the delivery of essential nutrients to your gums and jawbone, slowing healing. The chemicals in these products also affect your immune system, making it more difficult for your body to effectively fight off infections. It is highly recommended that you quit smoking before undergoing implant surgery.
Is Your Jawbone Strong Enough?
The success of your implants relies significantly on the condition of your jawbone. As you heal, the bone fuses to the posts, stabilizing them within your jaw. However, after tooth loss, your jaw begins to lose bone mass. This causes the bone to weaken. Without sufficient bone mass, your jaw cannot properly fuse, resulting in loose implants or even implant failure.
Does Age Matter?
You may be too young for implants, but you are never too old. The jawbone continues to grow and develop until your late teens to early 20s. Placing implants in a still growing jaw can cause issues with the implants as the bone continues to grow. However, once your jaw has finished growing, you are never too old. Dental implants provide the same benefits no matter if you are in your 40s or if you are in your senior years. As long as you meet other requirements, dental implants are an excellent option no matter how old you are!
While dental implants can meet numerous needs, it is still necessary to perform a consultation to determine if they are the best solution for you. Call ARCHPOINT at (844) 281-6446 for more information and to schedule your consultation today.