In today’s blog, we are discussing the eligibility requirement to replace your missing tooth or teeth with dental implants. Before we get into the crux of the discussion, let us explain dental implants in a simple language to you.
What is a Dental Implant?
An implant is a human-made replacement for the root of a tooth; it is usually made up of titanium and resembles a little screw; the implant is primarily positioned (surgically) in the jaw bone and finally, the crown is attached on the implant to fill the gap of the missing tooth.
To be even more precise dental implants are a permanent and sturdy solution, especially if you have a missing tooth or teeth. As much as it is hard to believe, dental implants will feel like a regular tooth. Though there are other dental procedures to replace missing tooth or teeth, undoubtedly dental implants can give you a natural finish and also provide extreme durability. As all of our clients mention, ‘It is almost impossible to differentiate the implants from our existing teeth.’
Are you a suitable candidate for implants?
Some vital factors can determine your eligibility for a dental implant. Such as gum disease, lack of bone density and other lifestyle and function concerns, read further to check which of the following is your concern.
Do you have gum disease?
Gum disease can infect your dental implants the same way it infects your natural teeth roots. Gum disease can also cause a high risk of dental implant failure.
If you suffer from gum disease, firstly it has to be treated if treatable, especially before initiating a dental implant procedure. Also, to give you a quick heads up, treating gum disease could vary from person to person. And may not prevent you from getting implants.
Do you lack bone density?
It is quite evident that your dental implants depend on your jawbone to support them. You may require a bone graft if your jaw bone is deficient, soft or thin and will not be able to support your implants. The graft often aids in improving the architecture of your jaw, also allowing the dental implants to get more support.
Lifestyle in general?
For the rest of you who do not have above concerns, ‘Congratulations’ but there may be other lifestyle factors! It’s too early to conclude yet, let us get into the details. There are a few lifestyle factors that should be taken into account while considering your candidacy for dental implants. These factors will not prevent you from getting a dental implant but can affect your likelihood of succeeding for this process.
For instance, if you are an ardent smoker, there may be some risks of increasing dental implant failure. We would recommend quitting smoking as this habitual activity will extend the healing period of your newly implanted pearly whites and not to mention its other effects on general health. If you quit smoking, the success rate of dental implants is very high. Smoking also negatively affects long term success of dental implants.
And finally, some medical conditions may need extra precautions for placing dental implants.
It’s essential to thoroughly discuss your medical history with your dentist in the planning stages of the implant procedure.
Are you looking for expert advice – Talk to our Dentist
If you need some advice about anything related to an implant or other dental concerns, Ashton Avenue Dental Practice is just a phone call away. For further queries, reach us at our Claremont dental clinic or call us on 08 6183 3800 to book an appointment.