You may be wondering about your suitability for dental implants. If you have missing teeth, you no longer have to just put up with it or struggle with looking after a bridge or denture. Dental implants could be your perfect solution to permanently fixing your missing teeth.
Dental implant techniques have moved on in recent years and now they are becoming a more viable option for many more patients who are seeking a permanently replacement for their missing teeth. However, dental implant treatments are not suitable for everyone. Lets take a closer look at whether or not you will be a suitable candidate for completing your smile with dental implants.
Who can have dental implants?
The idea of having dental implants to replace your missing teeth is a fantastic one and the treatments are growing in popularity. But you cannot know for certain if you would make a good candidate for dental implants without first having your mouth checked for suitability.
Your dentist will need to assess your oral health to establish whether you have sufficient bone density in your jaw bone to be able to carry implants without any issues. While implants are an ideal solution for missing teeth with many patients, if there is a weakness in the jaw or a lack of strong bone tissue to support an implant, then it may not be possible.
However, even if your dentist finds an issue with your jaw tissues, it may well be that they can address this through giving you a bone graft. A bone graft will enable the jaw to build up enough strong tissue for you to have mini-implants fitted. Mini-implants are smaller versions of regular implants and are more suitable for people that are unable to have standards sized implants.
Book a consultation
If you are interested in having dental implants, then the first thing you should do is to book a consultation with your dentist to discuss your options. At your consultation your dentist will thoroughly check the state of your oral health and examine your jaw. You may have some x-rays or scans taken of your teeth and jaw so your dentist can see if you have any hidden issues that may affect your suitability.
You may also be asked to complete a health and lifestyle questionnaire. This will indicate to your dentist if you have issues such as heavy smoking that can have a direct negative effect on implant surgery. Smoking increases the risk of implant failure and can also slow down the healing process, delaying your treatment completion.
You may take some medications that could interfere with your implant treatment, so again unless your medications are only short-term, you may not be suitable for this reason. If you are only taking a short course of medication, then it may be possible for you to delay dental implant treatment until you are off your medication and have recovered.
If you want to know more about dental implant treatments, then you should talk to your dentist about this. They will be in a good position to know whether or not having the treatment will benefit you, and can then either book you a consultation or refer you onto a colleague who specialises in dental implant surgery.