Are You A Candidate For Dental Implants?
Most people can get dental implants if they want. You only need to meet three criteria. You must be:
- Missing one or more
- An adult whose jaw has stopped growing
- Healthy enough for surgery
If you meet those three criteria, you are a candidate for dental implants. Some other factors might make you a better or worse candidate. The best candidates:
- Have good oral health
- Have adequate bone at the implant site
- Never smoked
- Are committed to caring for implants
Whether you are a good candidate depends on the health of your mouth. Dental implants don’t get cavities, but gum disease can cause them to fail. If you have gum disease, we will want to treat that before moving onto the next step.
You also need to have enough bone at the implant site (enough volume and enough density) to support your implants. If you don’t you might need a bone graft before getting implants. We use S.M.A.R.T (Subperiosteal Minimally invasive Aesthetic Ridge augmentation Technique) Bone Grafting method. This state-of-the-art technique is key for patients who need to rebuild bone density in their jaws to support dental implants.
Smoking increases your odds of implant failure. The best candidates never smoked, or stopped smoking at least 10 years ago. Smokers can still get them, but they will need to quit for several months while the implant heals.
As we said, gum disease can lead to implant failure, just as it leads to tooth loss. Unfortunately, as much as 70% of adults over age 65 have gum disease, so it’s important to be committed to caring for your oral health and your implants if you want them to last.