Am I a Candidate for Dental Implants? | Les Parodontistes


If you are missing even a single natural tooth, you should consider replacement with a dental implant. As the preferred solution for replacing missing teeth, dental implants are suitable for virtually every adult patient. There are very few obstacles that can completely exclude you as an implant candidate.




Your body’s ability to tolerate a surgical procedure as well as heal properly following the surgery will also dictate your candidacy for implants. Poor general health, smoking, uncontrolled diabetes or heart disease should be addressed prior to the surgery. Active gum disease must also be treated and stabilized before an implant can be placed.




A large part of your ability to enjoy a successful dental implant is dependent upon the quality and quantity of your jaw bone at the location of the missing tooth. Since implants can only be stabilized by healthy, dense bone, patients who lack quality bone support may not be eligible for implants without the help of additional surgical procedures.


Bone grafting and sinus lifts may be suggested when it is necessary to improve the status of the bone at the proposed implant location.




The jaw bone must also be fully matured prior to the implant placement. Teens and young adults whose bones have not yet finished growing may need to postpone the implant procedure until full maturation has been reached.


Once the implant post has been inserted into the bone, it is essential that proper healing occur in order for the implant to become permanently fused to the underlying bone.


A balanced bite is important to the success of your dental implants. Patients who are known to clench and grind the teeth, as well as those patients with poorly aligned teeth are at risk for damaging the implants. A protective night guard or orthodontic treatment may be recommended in preparation for your implants.


To find out if dental implants are the best solution for you, contact us at LESPARODONTISTES for a personalized consultation.


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