Are You a Dental Implant Candidate?
Tooth loss is a serious issue that needs to be addressed right away. Dental implants provide a modern alternative to traditional tooth replacement options. They consist of small titanium posts, which are surgically implanted into the jawbone. The bone fuses to the posts, integrating them into the jaw and turning them into stable roots that are then used to provide support for your replacement teeth. Dental implants have quickly become the most popular treatment for restoring missing teeth, providing numerous benefits. At Medhat Dental Excellence we can help you to determine if this revolutionary treatment is the right option for you.
Have You Suffered Tooth Loss?
Dental implants are a treatment designed to replace missing teeth. Tooth loss is the most basic qualification for being considered a candidate for dental implants. This particular treatment is quite versatile and can be used in a wide array of different situations. Whether you are missing one tooth or many teeth, dental implants may be a possibility for you. It is also important to note that even if you are not yet missing teeth, but you know you are in need of tooth extraction, implants may be discussed as the next step after your teeth have been removed.
Are You in Good Overall Health?
Unlike other tooth replacement treatments, dental implants require a surgical procedure to place. Because of this, you need to be in good overall health before you can be considered a candidate. Any issues such as cavities or gum disease will need to be treated before surgery. Also, if you have any chronic health conditions, such as a heart condition, hypertension or diabetes, those conditions will need to be under control. If conditions are not well managed, they can lead to serious complications during surgery as well as during recovery.
Do You Use Tobacco Products?
If you smoke or use any other type of tobacco product, your ability to heal properly following surgery can be significantly affected. Smoking slows your blood flow and limits the oxygen in your blood. This can slow the healing process, which greatly increases your risk of developing an infection or experiencing implant failure. The act of inhaling cigarette smoke can also dislodge clots, which provide direct access for bacteria into your gums. If you use any tobacco products, you will be recommended to quit. Should you be unable to quit for good, you will at least need to be able to quit just before surgery as well as through your recovery.
Is Your Jaw in Good Condition?
To provide your new teeth with proper stability, the bone needs to fuse to the titanium posts. This requires sufficient bone mass in your jaw. However, bone loss is a natural occurrence following tooth loss. If too much bone mass is lost, there will not be enough to provide the posts with the stability they require. They may be loose, or they may not integrate at all. If you are missing too much bone mass right now, dental implants may still be a possibility. You may first need to undergo a bone graft surgery, or, if you are missing an entire arch of teeth, you may be a candidate for the All-on-4 treatment concept.
Is it Possible to be Too Old?
In short, no. You are never too old to experience the benefits of dental implants. As long as you meet other requirements, you can get implants if you are 35, 55, 75 or older. The benefits of dental implants are the same regardless of how old you are.
Dental implants are a versatile treatment that can be used to address a variety of different tooth replacement needs. Call Medhat Dental Excellence today to schedule your consultation and find out if you are a candidate for dental implants at (773) 774-4611.