Are you a good candidate for dental implants?

If you are missing one or more teeth, you may want to consider dental implants. There are many benefits of dental implants, and they are the most long-lasting and effective solution to replace your missing teeth.

Unfortunately, not everyone is an ideal candidate for dental implants.

Ideal Dental Implant Candidates

Ideal dental implant candidates:

  • Have healthy teeth and gums
  • Have sufficient bone density to support the dental implant
  • Are committed to good oral hygiene
  • Do not suffer from uncontrolled diabetes or autoimmune disorders which may impact your ability to heal
  • Have not had treatment with bisphosphonate medications (usually for cancer treatment)
  • Are non-smokers or are willing to stop smoking during the dental implant process
  • Understand that the process can take four to twelve months, and are willing to commit this amount of time to the dental implant procedure
  • After the bone material is placed, it can take a full six months to heal. The implant is placed after the bone grafting site has healed. After the implant is placed it can take an additional six months to heal before the crown can be placed.

Bone Density

One of the most important criteria for dental implant candidacy is having sufficient bone structure in your jaw to accommodate the dental implant. If you lack sufficient jawbone density, the implant may not be able to withstand the extreme forces exerted by chewing and as a result, your implant may fail.

In some cases, you may be able to undergo a bone graft to restore sufficient bone density in your and height in your jaw. During this procedure, prepackaged sterile bone particulate is used, or occasionally, a piece of bone is taken from another region of your body and transplanted into your jaw. At your initial consultation, our dentists will tell you if a bone graft is necessary before undergoing the dental implant procedure.

Dental Implant Candidacy and Gum Disease

Gum disease is a common issue impacting dental implant candidacy. In many instances, gum disease is the primary reason for tooth loss. If you have gum disease, it will need to be treated prior to your dental implant procedure to get the condition under control. Once you have successfully undergoneperiodontal treatment, you may be able to move forward with your dental implant procedure.

Learn more about your dental implants options

At Naperville Dental Specialists, we can provide you with this modern and innovative solution for replacing your teeth without the inconveniences that are associated with traditional dentures. If you want a full set of natural looking, beautiful teeth in as little as one day, call 630-848-2010 to schedule a consultation. 

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