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How do I know if I am a suitable candidate for dental implants?

Today, unlike any other time in our history, virtually every person who is missing a natural tooth can be a suitable candidate for dental implants. The broad scope of implant dentistry and the incredibly high success rate of the implant procedure make this form of tooth replacement a viable option in just about every circumstance.

Even with all of the popularity and encouraging reports regarding implants, how can you be sure that this choice is best for you? Start by booking a consultation with your dentist. Your interest and your desire for optimal oral health will be essential during and after the implant procedure. Your dentist will want to know that you understand the implant procedure, that you are committed to the process, and that you plan to play an active role in improving your oral health.

The status of your general health will have an influence on the healing process, making it imperative that you are medically cleared for the necessary surgical procedures. All illnesses and health conditions that would impair your ability to heal, including smoking, diabetes, and gum disease should be eliminated or properly controlled prior to your surgery.

The broad scope of implant dentistry and the incredibly high success rate of the implant procedure make this form of tooth replacement a viable option in just about every circumstance.

Next, it is important that there is plenty of healthy bone at the selected implant location. The jawbone should be fully developed (generally by early adulthood), and it should be free from any significant defects or voids. If thin or insufficient bone is identified, an additional bone grafting procedure may be recommended. Dental x-rays and a clinical evaluation will be performed in order to assess the health of the bone.

Your gum tissue will play a supportive role in the long-term success of your implant. Receding gums and thin gums can be surgically reinforced when necessary in order to provide the appropriate level of protection for your artificial tooth. This technique is known as gingival grafting.

If you desire a complete smile that is as strong and as healthy as possible, then you are already on the path to being a suitable dental implant candidate. To learn more about this procedure, call to schedule your implant consultation today.