Am I a Candidate for Dental Implants?

candidate for dental implantsYou have teeth missing, and it does not matter if it is just a couple, or most of your jawline. You dislike the way you look, and are unhappy with the way your mouth works. You have been considering various ways of replacing your missing teeth, and are wondering if implants could be the right solution, and if you are a candidate for dental implants.

The good news is that there are very few people who could not be considered a candidate for dental implants, and implants are indisputably the best way of dealing with missing teeth. In rare situations, though, implants might not be practical.

Who Is the Best Candidate for Dental Implants?

The perfect candidate for dental implants has good overall health, meaning that any teeth that remain are free of decay, and there are no signs of gum disease. There should also be sufficient bone mass in the jaw to provide a good foundation for the implants.

Who is Not a Good Candidate for Dental Implants?

If you are unwilling to commit to a lengthy course of treatment, then implants are not for you.  Following the implant surgery, your gums will need time to heal, and that can take six months, eight months, or even a year. If you are not ready for the long haul, then you are not a good candidate for dental implants.

If you are a smoker, you will have to make a commitment to quit over the course of your treatment. If you feel unable to do this, then you are not a good candidate for dental implants. In fact, no responsible dentist will consider implants for a determined smoker.

Of course you may end up being rejected as a candidate for dental implants through no fault of your own. Some health conditions, like cancer or uncontrolled diabetes, can make implant surgery impossible. Also, if your jawbone is not strong enough to support the dental implants, you may be temporarily disqualified.  If the issue is bone mass, though, bone grafting can strengthen the jaw to the point where you will be a good candidate for dental implants.

Contact Our Dental Implant Dentist in Springfield

To find out more about dental implant surgery, or to arrange an appointment to discuss your suitability as a candidate for dental implants, call Chesterfield Family Dental in Springfield, MO at 417-888-0771. Dr. Roger Buzbee will be glad to meet with you and talk about dental implants. Contact us today. To learn more about dental implants, read our dental implants overview and about the benefits of dental implants.