Who is a Candidate?
You are Missing One or More TeethDental implants are a treatment used to replace missing teeth. They are a versatile treatment and can be used in many different situations. A single tooth implant can replace an individual tooth while an implant supported bridge can replace several teeth. An implant supported denture can be used to replace an entire arch of teeth. If you have suffered tooth loss, there is a good chance that there is an implant option to meet your needs.
Health Plays a RoleImplants require surgery. To be considered a candidate, you need to be in good overall health. An oral exam allows us to detect the presence of cavities and periodontal disease. These issues need to be treated before surgery, as they can increase your risk of infection and implant failure. We also review your medical history. Chronic conditions, including diabetes, can affect healing as well. If you have any chronic health conditions, it is important that they be under control before undergoing implant placement.
Tobacco and Alcohol UseDrinking and tobacco products can significantly interfere with implant surgery as well as your recovery. Alcohol consumption can interfere with the ability of your blood to clot properly, which can cause bleeding issues. Tobacco products, including cigarettes and chewing tobacco, can limit oxygen in your blood as well as slow blood flow. Nutrients have a more difficult time reaching your gums to help them heal properly.
Additionally, tobacco products can interfere with your immune system, making it more difficult for your body to effectively fight off infections. It is highly recommended that you quit before undergoing surgery.
Existing Bone Mass MattersDental implants rely on your jawbone for success and stability. Your bone needs to fuse to the posts, integrating them into your jaw and turning them into secure roots. However, tooth loss leads to bone loss in the jaw. Over time, your bone begins to weaken due to a lack of stimulation. If the bone becomes too weak, it will not be able to fuse properly. If it is determined that your jawbone is too weak, you may require a bone graft surgery first. This surgery restores mass to your jaw, giving it the strength it needs to support your dental implants.
Is Age Important?Some older patients mistakenly think they are simply too old to get dental implants. In reality, while you can be too young, you are never too old. Implants should not be placed in a young jaw. The bone continues to grow and develop into your late teens to early 20s. After this point, implants can be placed no matter if you are in your late 20s or you are in your 70s. So long as you meet other requirements, dental implants can provide you with several incredible benefits.
Dental implants are a highly successful treatment that can be used in many situations to replace missing teeth. To learn more about dental implants, and to find out if this treatment is right for you, call Encino Cosmetic Dentistry today at (818) 783-0408.