Missing teeth are often a great source of embarrassment and discomfort. But the good news is that several viable options are available to restore your smile. Dental implants are a popular choice for many patients with missing teeth. Unfortunately, not everyone is a good dental implant candidate. So, how do you know if you are a good candidate for dental implants?
Your Missing Teeth, Jawbone, and Health
First, schedule an appointment with our office. Dr. Jay B. Lubliner will evaluate your overall health and the condition of your remaining teeth and gums. We will also take X-rays to determine your jawbone's density. Dental implants require a healthy jawbone, so if yours is too thin or has suffered damage, you may not be a good candidate.
Dr. Lubliner will also assess the number and location of your missing teeth. Dental implants can be used to replace a single missing tooth or multiple teeth. Still, the location of the missing teeth can affect your candidacy. For instance, if you are missing teeth in the front of your mouth, a different treatment option, such as a bridge or partial denture, may be a better option for you.
Additionally, dental patients in good health are generally candidates for dental implants. However, chronic medical conditions such as diabetes or heart disease can affect healing and increase the risk of complications. If any of these conditions apply to you, the dentist will take these factors into consideration.
Your Commitment to Oral Hygiene
Your commitment to good oral hygiene is another factor affecting your candidacy for dental implants. After receiving a dental implant, keeping the area clean is essential to prevent infection and promote healing. You may need to change your oral hygiene routine, such as using a special mouthwash or staying away from certain foods.
Medication and Smoking
Your dentist will also want to know about any medications you're taking since certain medications can interfere with or slow the dental implant healing process.
Smoking is another factor that can affect your candidacy for dental implants. It can increase healing time and the risk of implant failure. If you want dental implants, it's important to quit smoking before undergoing the procedure so that you can have the best outcome possible.
Getting Dental Implants
If you're a good candidate for dental implants, our knowledgeable and friendly staff will explain the procedure and address any questions or concerns you might have. The implant procedure typically involves several appointments, including the placement of the implant and the attachment of the crown or other restoration.
Following your post-operative instructions carefully is crucial to ensure proper implant healing. Post-op instructions typically include:
- Avoiding certain foods
- Taking prescribed medications
- Attending follow-up appointments
Find Out if You Are a Dental Implant Candidate Today
Dental implants are a popular and effective option for many patients who are missing teeth. If you're considering dental implants, schedule an appointment with our office to discuss your options and determine if dental implants are a good choice for you. Contact us today at 516-798-0223.