Am I a Candidate for Dental Implants?
Anyone who has lost a tooth or two can be a prime contender for getting dental implants. Dental implants recreate both the feel and function of real teeth, making them your best option for tooth loss. When you’re ready for the benefits of dental implants, the experts at Lincoln Smiles are here to help you every step of the way. Here are the ways in which you can qualify for dental implants.
Be An Adult
You can almost never be too old for dental implants, but you can indeed be too young for them. Dental implants are typically reserved for those who are in their twenties and have reached adulthood. Children and teenagers have not yet finished the growing process of their facial anatomy and placing dental implants before this could lead to a rejection of the implant as the facial bones continue to grow. They are therefore not recommended for patients until later in life.
Be in Good Health
Because dental implants require surgery, you must be in generally good health to receive them. Depending on your background, you may not be eligible to receive them safely. The staff at Lincoln Smiles will go over the history of your health with you to determine whether we should proceed. While dental implants are amazing, we wouldn’t want to do anything that might jeopardize the future of your health.
The things we’ll talk about include not only your overall health, but specifically your oral health as well. Dental implants need a good foundation, one that’s free of issues such as cavities and periodontal disease in order to be successful. We’ll need to set the proper groundwork first if any of these issues are plaguing your body.
Have a Healthy Jaw
If the health of your jawline is less than ideal, you may not be ready to support dental implants. Your jaw is a literal foundation upon which your implants are placed and must be in good shape without any bone loss.
If your jaw is not strong enough, our dentist may suggest a bone graft first prior to your implant procedure. During this surgical operation, healthy bone tissue is transported from elsewhere in your body to your jaw. This supports natural growth, which leads to the healthy mouth we’re looking for before we can place dental implants.
Have a Healthy Lifestyle
As you may already know, smoking and drinking is not that great for you. If you do either of these activities, your doctor may put you at too high of a risk for dental implant surgery. Both smoking and alcohol impede your body’s ability to blood clot and could lead to excessive bleeding during surgery. The reduced levels of oxygen in your body from these two activities can also affect your recovery, and make it harder to do so.
Dental implants are an excellent choice for restoring your smile. If you think you qualify for them, or just want to check, give us a call today at 916-543-8800 and the experts at Lincoln Smiles will give you all you need to know when you come in for a dental exam and consultation towards your new smile.