Who is a Candidate for Dental Implants?
At National Dental Williston Park, we offer several options for replacing missing teeth. One of the most popular options, of both patients and professionals, is dental implants. Even though they require a surgical procedure, and a long recovery, dental implants provide several benefits. Implants are more comfortable than other replacement options. Your replacement teeth are supported by the implants, rather than your gums or adjacent teeth. They provide you with a permanent solution to tooth loss and can be cared for just like your natural teeth. One of the biggest benefits of dental implants is that they preserve the integrity of your jawbone, preventing bone loss. Before you can get dental implants, you must be deemed a candidate. We can determine this with a consultation.
You Are Missing TeethDental implants are the newest option available for replacing missing teeth. To be considered a candidate, you must be missing teeth. Dental implants can be used to replace any number of missing teeth, from one of them to all of them. Implants can also be discussed if you are about to have a tooth (or several) extracted.
You Are HealthyDental implants require a surgical procedure. To undergo surgery, you need to be in good overall health. If you have gum disease, you will need to undergo treatment for this issue first. If you have a chronic health condition, such as diabetes, your condition must be under control before you can be considered for surgery. If you are scheduled for surgery, but you feel ill right before your surgery, it is important that you call. It may be necessary to reschedule your surgery to avoid complications.
You Don’t SmokeSmoking has several negative impacts on your health. It can also impact your ability to heal after surgery. Smoking limits the amount of oxygen in your blood, as well as slows your blood flow down. Your gums and your jawbone require oxygen, along with several other essential nutrients that travel through your bloodstream, to heal. With less oxygen and slower nutrient delivery, your risk of infection greatly increases, which can lead to implant failure. Smoking can also cause a condition known as dry socket. This is a condition in which the clots come dislodged, leaving an open area for bacteria to get in.
You’re Never Too OldMany older tooth loss patients tend to think that they are too old for dental implants. The truth is, you are never too old for dental implants, so long as you meet the other requirements. You can, however, be too young. This is because the jaw of a child continually grows and develops, and does so until the late teen years. Placing a dental implant in a developing jaw can lead to serious issues. If your child or young teen has lost a permanent tooth, other options will need to be considered.
Your Jawbone is in Good ShapeDental implants rely on a process known as osseointegration, or the fusion of your jawbone to the titanium rods, for your implants to provide proper stability for your replacement teeth. However, for osseointegration to be successful, you must first have sufficient bone mass. Bone loss naturally occurs as a result of tooth loss. If you have suffered too much bone loss, you risk implant failure. This does not automatically disqualify you from dental implants. You may need to consider other options, such as a bone graft or the All-on-4® Treatment Concept.
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If you are missing teeth, and are interested in dental implants, contact National Dental Williston Park at (516) 686-9780 to find out if they are right for you.