Dental Implant Candidacy
Here at Winterset Dental Care, we see many patients who are suffering from tooth loss. We know how upsetting this can be which is why we frequently suggest dental implants as a long-term solution. This treatment is suitable for most people. Age generally isn’t a problem.
This is as long as you meet basic requirements like:
- You are over the age of 18
- Your jawbone and teeth have developed
However, dental implant treatment isn’t right for everybody, which is why our principal dentist Dr. Agarwal carefully evaluates every single person’s potential candidacy.
We want to make sure you can enjoy a successful dental implant treatment and all the benefits it can bring. For some, the benefits of a dental implant treatment can be life-changing. Our excellent success rate in this procedure is only possible due to properly assessing each potential candidate.
Who Will Benefit from
Having Dental Implants?
Dental implant treatment can potentially benefit anybody who is missing one or more teeth. It can be extremely useful for patients who do not wish to wear dentures. It’s also great for patients who currently struggle with loose and ill-fitting dentures. Dental implants can restore a person’s ability to eat and speak properly. This will allow them to enjoy a far greater range of foods. However, anyone considering dental implant treatment must prepare to be a patient. This is mostly because the treatment process may take several months.
Who Is Most Suitable for
Dental Implant Treatment?
Provided you have reasonable oral and general health and do not smoke, you’re likely to be a good candidate for dental implant treatment. If you do smoke and still wish to have dental implants, you must prepare to quit for at least the duration of treatment. Yet we prefer you to quit for good, not only to improve your candidacy. Dr. Agarwal will also assess your jawbone quality as dental implants need to be surrounded by several millimeters of strong and healthy bone in order to fully bond with the bone during Osseointegration.
If you don’t have sufficient jawbone, it’s not necessarily a barrier to treatment, as missing bone can be restored using the very latest bone grafting techniques. Once implant treatment is completed, you must be committed to maintaining good oral hygiene that includes regular checkups and cleanings. Your dental implants may be made from an inert material, but they are surrounded by living tissue that can become infected without proper dental care.
Who Might Not Be Suitable
for Dental Implants?
In order to place dental implants, you will need to have a small surgical procedure. This is why it’s important for Dr. Agarwal to thoroughly evaluate your oral health and your general health. You must not have any active dental disease, for example, periodontal or gum disease, and you must be in reasonable general health. Certain medical conditions may cause complications that could affect the success of surgery or which will delay healing. A good example would be someone who poorly controls their diabetes. If you are diabetic and keep the disease properly controlled, it’s still worth enquiring about dental implant treatment.
Patients on Medication
People who are taking certain medications may be unsuitable for dental implant treatment which decreases their candidacy, for example, bisphosphonates can affect healing. If you are currently undergoing treatment for cancer, we may advise you to consider another way to replace missing teeth.
If you are at all interested in dental implant treatment it’s well worth scheduling an initial consultation with us here at Winterset Dental Care. Dr. Agarwal does assess every person individually, and if he feels dental implant treatment isn’t quite right for you at the moment, he will discuss alternative ways to replace your teeth.
Dr. Anil K. Agarwal has been a Board-Certified Prosthodontist for more than thirty years. He earned his DDS in 1974 from King George’s Medical School and went on to complete a residency in Prosthodontics at Northwestern University. Dr. Agarwal earned both Fellowship and Diplomate status in the International Congress of Oral ImplantologistsCongress of Oral Implantologists, and has Fellow status in the Academy of General Dentistry and the American College of Osseointegration.