Am I A Candidate for Dental Implants?
Dental implants are an excellent choice for millions of people, providing a safe and natural-looking alternative to dentures. Every year, a half million people choose to get dental implants, joining the happy ranks of the 3 million Americans who have already had this procedure performed. However, not everyone is a good candidate for dental implants. While we here at ROOT™ Periodontal and Implant Center would love to fit all of our patients with dental implants, realistically it's not a good choice for everyone.
Who Can Get Dental Implants?
By the time you turn 50, there's a good chance that you've already lost 12 of your permanent adult teeth already. Around 120 million Americans struggle with some degree of unwanted tooth loss, causing them to feel shame and embarrassment about revealing their smile. Dental implants can help restore not only your smile but also your confidence. While they're a great option for most people, some people simply cannot get dental implants for a variety of personal reasons.
Good candidates are people with strong bones and a healthy jaw, good oral health, and no pre-existing conditions. Conversely, poor candidates do not possess these features and may have complications that prevent them from getting implants. For instance, people whose jawbones are still growing cannot get dental implants. You need to have a fully developed mouth before you can be considered for them.
If you have advanced bone loss in your mouth, you may not be a good candidate for dental implants. That does not automatically disqualify you, however. We may determine during an evaluation of your mouth that you could benefit from bone grafting, which includes using donor bone tissue to regrow missing bone tissue in your mouth. Once your mouth accepts the donor tissue and heals, we may be able to move forward with your dental implants.
Another disqualifier for dental implants is smoking. Tobacco products can cause your dental implant to fail. While dental implants have a 99 percent success rate, that drops to just 85 percent in a person who smokes. Smoking can lead to poor oral health, infection, and bone loss in your mouth. If you smoke, please stop immediately not only for your dental health but for your general wellbeing, too.
If you have a condition that can cause delays or complications with healing, then you may not be able to get dental implants. People with diabetes may not be able to get a dental implant due to their body's slow healing to injury or infection. Unfortunately, people who are receiving treatment for cancer may not be able to get dental implants, either. Radiation therapy can prevent you from getting dental implants, as can hemophilia (excessive bleeding).
We will perform a thorough examination of your mouth to help you determine if you can get dental implants. Just because you may be a poor candidate today for dental implants does not mean that you should rule them out forever. If your health or lifestyle changes, then perhaps you may be a good candidate for them in the future. To learn more about dental implants and to schedule a consultation for this procedure, please give us a call here at ROOT™ Periodontal and Implant Center at Carrollton: (972) 242-7603 or Flower Mound: (972) 434-8050 or Denton: (940) 566-7021 today!
2440 N. Josey Lane,
Carrollton, TX 75006
ph: (972) 242-7603
fax: (972) 242-0925
651 Cross Timbers Road,
Flower Mound, TX 75028
ph: (972) 434-8050
fax: (972) 434-2043
1601 N. Elm,
Denton, TX 76201
ph: (940) 566-7021
fax: (940) 383-8319
6340 Preston Road,
Frisco, TX 75034
ph: (972) 242-7603