March 20, 2017
If you are among the 178 million adult Americans missing at least one tooth, you need an effective form of tooth replacement. Now, you have various options available. While you could choose a traditional method, like a dental bridge, many have come to prefer dental implants. Due to the various benefits they offer, such as a 95% success rate, more than 500,000 implants are placed each year. However, unlike other forms of tooth replacement, there are specific requirements for those interested in dental implants in Dunwoody, GA. Dr. Jeff Rodgers will perform the consultation necessary to see if you are a candidate.
Are Dental Implants Right for Me?
To be a candidate for the implant procedure, you must have one or more missing teeth. In addition, you must have healthy gums. This is important to reduce the risk for implant failure due to infection. Infection is the leading cause of late-term implant failure.
Your bone density will also need accessed. Dental implants are surgically inserted into the jaw bone. Therefore, you must have adequate bone density to support the implant posts. However, even those who have decreased bone density may still be candidates with bone grafting. Your jaw bone must fuse to the implant post. As a result, you cannot have any bone disorders that decrease the body’s ability to support the implant post.
To ensure the success of the implant procedure, the body must have the ability to heal and fight infections. Those who have medical conditions, like uncontrolled diabetes, connective-tissue disorders, or immune deficiencies that lower the body’s ability to heal are not candidates. Medications that cause a decreased ability to heal may prevent you from dental implants as well.
With infection the leading cause of implant failure, you cannot have lifestyle habits that could increase the risk for infection. Heavy smokers and those who drink alcohol excessively are not candidates. In addition, you must have good oral hygiene habits to reduce the risk for infection after the implants are placed.
Bruxism may also prevent you from getting dental implants. The force from grinding and clenching the teeth can cause too much pressure on the implants, which increases the risk for failure.
In addition, we cannot perform the procedure on women who are pregnant. Those who have not stopped growing cannot get dental implants.
Where Can I Get a Consultation?
To ensure you are a candidate for dental implant, you will require a thorough consultation. Dr. Rodgers will evaluate your tooth loss and oral health. In addition, your medical history and medications will be discussed, as well as your lifestyle and oral hygiene habits. Images will be taken to evaluate your bone density for implant placement.
Using this information, a comprehensive treatment plan is developed to replace your missing teeth. You may need additional procedure, such as tooth extractions or bone grafting, prior to having the implants placed. If you are ready to regain a complete smile with a lifelong solution, contact our office today to schedule your consultation.
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