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Which Patients Are Good Dental Implant Candidates?

Apr 1, 2014 @ 02:01 PM — by markplatt
Tagged with: Dental Implants Restorative Dentistry

If you are missing one or more teeth, dental implants are a great way to replace those teeth, repair your smile, and reinstate your self-confidence. By surgically placing implants in your jawbone, your oral surgeon can provide permanent restorations that look and function like natural teeth, giving functionality to your smile and protecting the long-term health of your jaw bone. If you are considering these restorations, you may be wondering if they are suitable for you. In this post, your Montgomery oral surgeon explains the qualifications of good dental implant candidates.

How Implants Work

Dental implants are made up of three parts:

When your oral surgeon places implants, he will first position the implant post in your gums and jawbone. Because titanium is biocompatible, your tissues will heal around the posts. Four to six months later, when healing is complete, your dentist will attach an abutment piece to the top of the post before connecting the dental crown. Your dentist can use this procedure to place one implant or several. If you are missing an entire arch of teeth, he can place multiple implant posts at once to provide you with implant-supported dentures.

Considerations before Placing Dental Implants

When determining your candidacy for dental implants, your oral surgeon will take several factors into account:

Dental Implants and Jawbone Loss

To receive dental implants, you should have enough jawbone volume to support the implant posts. When you are missing teeth, there is a good chance that the structure of your jawbone has been compromised. Fortunately, a jawbone grafting procedure can restore missing bone and enable you to receive these restorations. Using your own bone or bone from another source, your dentist will build up your jawbone structure, using platelet rich plasma (PRP) to stimulate healing. If necessary, your oral surgeon can also perform a sinus lift, carefully rebuilding your upper jaw and moving your sinuses to accommodate the implant posts. Thanks to these advanced surgical procedures, you can enjoy improved oral health and a stunning smile.  

Find out if You’re a Candidate

A consultation with your oral surgeon is the only way to determine your candidacy for dental implants. Call Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Associates today to find out whether implants may be right for you.