One of the most commonly asked questions from our Indianapolis, IN patients is what makes a good dental implants candidate? The first step on the path to figuring this out is to schedule a no-obligation consultation with a qualified and experienced dental implants provider. However, in the most general terms, patients who are missing teeth and have good oral health are usually good candidates. Here is some more detailed information about what makes a good candidate for implant surgery.
We recommend patients get a full examination with one of our doctors before any determination can be made about dental implant candidacy. This examination will allow Dr. Bennett to examine your teeth, mouth, and jawbone to see if dental implants are the right tooth replacement treatment for you.
Besides having missing teeth, patients who are considering dental implants should possess the following characteristics:
Less preferred candidates for dental implants are: 1) diabetics, 2) smokers, 3) younger children (because their jawbones are not developed yet), 4) teeth grinders, 5) pregnant women, 6) patients with weakened immune systems or chronic illnesses, and 7) patients who are undergoing cancer treatment.
The answer to this is yes. Just because you are a less preferred candidate does not mean you cannot get dental implants. It simply means that you will need further evaluation and possible additional procedures. So if you are considering dental implants, put yourself in the best position for success by practicing good oral hygiene and scheduling an appointment for comprehensive evaluation as soon as possible. If you would like more information about supplemental procedures, check our supplemental procedures page.
The answer to this is yes. Dental implants are a terrific solution for patients who are missing all the teeth on one arch or multiple arches. Additionally, this tooth replacement option can help keep dental ridges from losing density and flattening over time. This is a common occurrence for denture wearers. Dental implants also help restore healthy bite strength which let’s patients get back to eating the foods they enjoy.
Unfortunately, certain health issues like active cancer, diabetes, tobacco use, alcoholism, or uncontrolled gum disease can all negatively impact whether your dental implants are able to fuse to your jawbone. This means that it is critical that you let your dental implant provider know about your complete medical history, any medications you are taking, and any other health concerns that you have. This information will help your dental implants team plan appropriately for your treatment.
Regular dentist visits can tell your dentist a lot about your overall health, including whether or not you could be developing a serious problem like diabetes. Since most people have regular oral examinations, their dentist may be the first health care provider to diagnose a health problem in its early stages.
According to the Academy of General Dentistry, there is a close relationship between gum (periodontal) disease and health complications such as a stroke and heart disease. Women with gum disease also show higher incidences of pre-term, low birth-weight babies.
Research also shows that more than 90 percent of all diseases involving your organs or the whole body have oral beginnings like swollen gums, mouth ulcers, dry mouth, and excessive gum problems.
Some of these diseases include: diabetes, leukemia, oral cancer, kidney disease, pancreatic cancer, and heart disease.
If, after reading the information above regarding what makes a good dental implants candidate, you find that you still have questions, please check out the rest of our informative dental implants website or give us a call. Then, when you are ready to schedule your consultation with Dr. Bennett, call us for an appointment. We would love to help you get started on your journey toward a stunning smile at Meridian Street Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery.
Dr. Michael Bennett
Fishers Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
9126 Technology Lane, Suite #300
Fishers, IN 46038