If someone is missing teeth, has broken teeth, or has teeth that are severely damaged, they may benefit from dental implants. Dental implants are artificial tooth implants that take the place of natural teeth that are now missing or damaged. Dental implants look, feel, and function just like real teeth. The result? A full and healthier looking smile.
So, who can get dental implants? The only way to find out if you are a good candidate is if you consult a dental implant surgeon. Here, we will talk about some of the characteristics that make someone a good candidate for dental implants.
Good Oral Hygiene Habits
Good oral hygiene habits are important for dental implants, because they help to prevent infection and keep the implant site clean. Infection can cause implant failure, which is why this is an important consideration for dental implant surgery. Moreover, it also means patients with good oral hygiene habits are likely to take care of their dental implants and keep them clean, which will help to prolong implant life.
Healthy gums provide a strong foundation for dental implants. If someone has unhealthy gums, it may not be possible to place the implant in the jawbone correctly.
Reasonably Good Health
A good candidate for tooth implants is in generally good health with no chronic illnesses that could affect healing after implant surgery. There are a few medical conditions that may disqualify you from dental implants. These include uncontrolled diabetes, cancer, and immunodeficiency disorders.
Dental implants require a certain amount of bone density in order to be placed successfully. If someone does not have enough bone density, the implant may not fuse properly with the jawbone or could become loose over time.
Committed to Recovery
Dental implants are not cheap, and patients should be willing to commit to the time and effort required for proper post-operative care, including taking antibiotics and attending follow-up appointments as recommended by their dentist or dental surgeon.
Understands the Risks
Every patient should understand the potential risks and complications associated with dental implants and still be willing to proceed with treatment knowing these risks exist. While most patients do not experience any major complications, it is still important to be aware of the possible risks before undergoing treatment.
Dental implant surgery has a success rate of 98 percent, however, the skill and experience of the dental surgeon are also important considerations, as it is a highly advanced procedure that requires a high level of skill to place the implant correctly so that it functions properly and looks natural. An experienced dentist will have performed many dental implant procedures and will know how to achieve the best results.
Dental Implant Surgeon in Eugene, OR
Dr. Ari Binder at 360 Dental is highly experienced in dental implant surgery and performs the procedure with great success. Dr. Binder will let you know if you are a good candidate for dental implants, after doing a thorough assessment of your health. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Binder, call our dental clinic in Eugene today at (541) 689-1645 or use our convenient online request form.