Dental implants are an effective solution for restoring oral form and function. In fact, they have become a very important part of modern dentistry with millions of people having successfully undergone the treatment.
Are you a candidate for dental implants? Read on to find out …
- You must have healthy gums
It’s very important that you have healthy gums when undergoing a dental implant procedure. In fact, the chance of implant failure is significantly higher in patients who are at increased risk of gum disease. It’s also important that you commit to good oral hygiene once your dental implant has been placed. You will need to take care of your dental implant just like your natural teeth by brushing and flossing daily, and seeing your dentist for regular check-ups.
- You should have sufficient jawbone
Dental implants work by actually fusing with the jawbone over time in a process known as osseointegration. For this reason, it is important that you have enough bone to properly anchor the implant. If, however, you don’t have sufficient levels of bone and soft tissue, it is often possible to have a grafting procedure performed either before implant surgery or at the same time as the procedure. In most cases, bone grafts are taken from other areas of the body (and most commonly from other areas of the jaw), although the patient’s bone can also be used in conjunction with other grafting materials to reduce additional deterioration. To find out more about how the grafting procedure works, have a look here.
- You should be in overall good health
Although you may be able to undergo dental implant surgery even if you suffer from a chronic health condition, it’s a good idea to discuss your overall health with us before opting for the procedure. Certain conditions increase the risk of implant failure — these include autoimmune diseases like rheumatoid arthritis, lupus and type 1 diabetes. Some medications, such as those used for the treatment of osteoarthritis, can hinder the success of an implant, while infections such as those associated with gum disease can cause issues with the osseointegration process.