Who is a Candidate for Dental Implants?
Dental implants are a great way to replace teeth that are missing. Many people who are suffering from tooth loss are great candidates for the procedure. If you are missing teeth, come in to Nevada Facial and Oral Surgery so that we can see if you are a good candidate for dental implants. Here are some of the things that we will look for.
What Makes Someone a Good Candidate for Dental Implants?
There are several different things that we will look for before we recommend that someone receives dental implants.The first thing that we will check is your overall oral health. You need to have healthy gums, and we will check all of your remaining teeth. If we find something that could be a problem, we will deal with that before we go ahead with the dental implants.
Another thing that we will check is to see how much bone you have in your jaw. When you lose a tooth, you will also start to lose bone in your jaw. The process is known as resorption. Just because there is not enough bone does not mean that you will not be a good candidate for dental implants. Instead, we can add bone to your jaw with bone grafting. This is common for implants, but it will add to the overall time that it will take for the implant to be finished.
If you are a smoker, there is a good chance that you are not a good candidate for dental implants. Smoking is not only bad for your teeth, but it is also going to slow the healing process, and the implant will not take. If you smoke and want to be a good candidate for a dental implant, you need to quit. Age is another factor when it comes to dental implants. If you are too young, we will not recommend them because your jaw is still growing. The elderly also may not be good candidates for implants. In either case, we will talk to you about other ways that we might be able to replace the missing tooth.
Your overall health needs to be good for you to be a good candidate for a dental implant. You need to be free of heart disease and other serious health issues. If you have diabetes, we will talk to you about your options. A pregnant woman should not receive a dental implant. If you are expecting, we will most likely suggest that we put off the surgery until after that baby has been born and weaned. We could suggest a different way to replace the missing tooth.
These are a few of the things that we will need to know before we decide whether or not you are a good candidate for dental implants. The best way to find out is to come into for an appointment. Call (702) 329-7554 right away. Dental implants take time, so you will not want to wait. The sooner we start, the sooner you will have your new tooth.