Are You a Good Candidate for Dental Implants?

Many adults are missing teeth and the effects can be damaging, beyond simply causing them to want to hide their smile. Missing teeth can significantly influence your confidence and therefore your social opportunities. Or perhaps the lack of confidence influences the perception others have of you. But more than this, missing teeth can cause tooth shifting, gum and bone deterioration, and even face shape alteration.

Dental implants look and function just like natural teeth, and taking action now can prevent more expensive treatment later.  

How do you know if you’re a good candidate for dental implants?

The good news is that many adults are good candidates, but let's start by looking at who might not be a good candidate for dental implants:

A good candidate for dental implants has:

Good overall health

Getting dental implants involves a surgical procedure and therefore it’s important that you’re in good overall health. Patients should have good oral health because it impacts the healing process.  

Healthy gums

Dental implants need to be supported as they fuse with the jawbone, so healthy gums are very important. People with gum disease often experience problems with dental implants, and the risk of implant failure is much higher. It’s important to have a thorough teeth cleaning done before an implant is placed.

Jawbones that have stopped growing

This is the reason why young people aren’t good candidates for dental implants. A jawbone that hasn’t completely developed continues to grow and move, increasing the likelihood that an implant would fail.

Enough bone to support and anchor the implants

Since implants blend with the jawbone to secure the new tooth, it’s important that the bone has sufficient density and quality for the dental implant to be successful. However, even if you have experienced bone loss, you might still be a good candidate because bone can be rebuilt during the implant process.

A commitment to oral health

For a dental implant to succeed, great dental hygiene is a must. Therefore, a good candidate is committed to daily brushing and flossing, as well as regular dentist visits. Obviously, this isn’t just important for your implants but also for the rest of your teeth!

Successful dental implants not only bring back your smile and your confidence but also help you avoid more teeth problems down the road. If you’re thinking about dental implants or have doubts whether you’re a good candidate, get in touch with us here at Kenosha Breeze Family Dental for a thorough consultation to see which options are best for you. Call today or request an appointment online.

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