Am I a Candidate for Implants?
So who exactly is a candidate for the state-of-the-art prosthetic teeth known as dental implants? Florida Smiles Dental has successfully placed implants in many different patients, so even if you have been told before that you do not qualify you should get a second opinion.
To be an optimal candidate for receiving dental implants, the most important thing is that you have good oral hygiene. For many patients, this means a mouth free of gum disease. Because most permanent teeth are actually lost as a result of gum disease, it is not uncommon for patients suffering from the condition to seek out dental implants. Unfortunately, the conditions caused by gum disease also make it unsafe and risky to place implants, as the bacteria in the mouth can cause dangerous complications and infections. Optimal candidates also have strong, dense bones, which are needed to stabilize the implants in the jawbone.
Separate from health requirements, the optimal candidate can make a serious time commitment. The full treatment process, from the initial planning to the final adjustments, can take many months. If additional treatments, such as bone grafts, are required this can take even longer. While in some cases you can have a temporary restoration in as little as a single appointment, it will take much longer for the full and permanent treatment to be completed.
Candidates With Room for Improvement
So if you are not currently a viable candidate, can you improve? And if so, just how easy is it to become a viable candidate? The good news is that one can definitely improve their candidacy for implants, and that often the process is easier than you think. Clearing out gum disease is easier than it has ever been thanks to many different surgical and non-surgical treatment options. Bone grafts can take months to heal, but are very successful at adding enough mass to safely anchor an implant.
Not a Candidate?
The unfortunate reality is that no matter what we do, some patients will simply never be a candidate for receiving dental implants. So, what then? Fortunately, dentistry has made a lot of progress in recent years, and even if implants are not an option that does not mean that you do not still have access to a variety of high-quality prosthetics that can restore both the aesthetics and health of your smile. Modern dentures are far more sophisticated than their older counterparts, and dental bridges are a great option for patients only missing a few teeth.
Of course, just because you have been told elsewhere that you are not a candidate does not mean that is necessarily the case, especially if you were not told that recently. Dental technology continues to advance rapidly, and today we possess techniques and training that allow us to regenerate bone and soft tissue, eradicate even extreme gum disease, and even save teeth once thought to be beyond saving. It is always worth getting a second opinion to see if you can qualify for dental implants.
Are You a Good Candidate?
By now you probably want to know if you are a candidate for this state-of-the-art tooth replacement. To find out, you can schedule your appointment with Florida Smiles Dental by calling 754-354-0363.