A lot of people don’t know much about dental implants and therefore have no idea if they are an option for them. Unfortunately, this question is not a straight forward yes or no question. Most healthy people who would like to replace their missing tooth ARE good candidates for implants, however, anyone interested must be assessed on an individualized basis. That being said, the following should give you an idea on what to expect!
An important factor that will need to be taken into consideration is the amount of bone you have where the implant needs to be placed. The longer your tooth has been missing the less bone you will have. Even if your tooth has been missing for years and years this does NOT mean you are not a candidate. However, it may mean bone grafting will need to be done first to build your bone back and make a strong foundation for your implant.
In order to determine how much bone you have our practice uses the latest in technology called a CBCT scan (cone-beam computed tomography.) This scan gives us a 3D picture of your jaw which allows us to see if there are any bony defects that need to be corrected along with being able to digitally plan your implant so we know exactly what to expect for an outcome!
Problems That Prevent You From Dental Implants
There are two major factors that can lead to problems with dental implants and they are smoking and uncontrolled diabetes. Both of these issues lead to a much higher implant failure rate than normal. If you are a smoker we do not recommend having dental implants placed until you have quit for at least a few months. If you are diabetic you can absolutely still have dental implants, but it is very important to make sure your blood sugar is well controlled with your diet and medications first.
Hopefully, this helps you determine if you have any risk factors that must be addressed prior to moving forward with dental implants. If you would like to learn more about your individualized options please call our office today!