Who Is a Candidate for Dental Implants?

It is estimated that about 125 million Americans have at least one missing tooth. If you are one of them, a dental implant is a good tooth replacement option for you. At Enhance Family Dental, we believe in providing comprehensive information to those who want to get dental implants.

Dental Implant Candidates

Dental implants can replace one, multiple, or even all of your teeth. Adults who have healthy gums and whose jawbone has stopped growing, make good candidates for a tooth implant. Even if your bone density has decreased, you can still be a good candidate for implants with the help of bone grafting. Dental implants help to provide support to your jaw and strengthen your bone structure.

Good Dental Implant Candidates

People who can be good dental implant candidates have:
•  Healthy gum tissues free of periodontal disease.
•  Sufficient bone to anchor the implants in the jaw. People who have low bone density can still undergo the procedure by grafting bone into their jaw.
•  A dedication to practicing good oral hygiene and healthy dietary habits. After getting an implant, it is essential that you perform thorough brushing and flossing daily. It is also important not to miss any dental appointments at Enhance Family Dental.

People Who May Not Be Good Dental Implant Candidates

Some people may be at risk of poor outcomes if they undergo dental implant surgery. These people are:
•  Young people whose jaw is still growing.
•  Heavy smokers and alcoholics. Substance abusers are less likely to follow orders and may not keep good oral health.
•  People with hemophilia. This rare disorder prevents the blood from clotting, which means your transplant wounds will not heal.
•  People with uncontrolled diabetes. They experience slow healing, are prone to infections and complications like tissue necrosis. Diabetes also interferes with osseointegration.
•  People who have cancer and are undergoing radiation therapy to the head and neck region.
•  People on steroids or drugs that suppress the immune system.
•  People with connective tissue disease.
•  People with very low immunity.
•  Pregnant women. These women undergo dramatic hormonal changes, which can increase the risk of infection, bleeding gums, and gingivitis.
•  People who clench their teeth excessively. This can exert too much pressure on the implants, which can result in surgery failure.

Evaluation for Dental Implant Procedure

If you are considering getting dental implants to fill the gaps in your mouth left by missing teeth, you need to be evaluated at Enhance Family Dental. Brian Hill, DDS will conduct a clinical examination of your teeth and mouth to review your oral health. He will also review your medical and dental history to see if you have any chronic illness that can impair your ability to get implants.

Along with an x-ray, you may also be ordered a computed tomography scan to determine the shape of your jaw, its bone density, and the position of your nerves and sinuses.

Finally, we will discuss the options that are available to you and any risks they may entail. After that, we will craft a treatment plan for you.

Dental implants have a high rate of success. If you feel you are ready for this treatment, call us at (586) 666-4950 to book an appointment with us.

(586) 666-4950
37540 Gratiot Ave, Clinton Township, MI 48036

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