If you’re suffering from tooth loss, you may come across various drawbacks of it, such as loss of confidence, loosening of teeth from the sockets, malocclusion, etc. There are several means of restoring missing teeth (bridges, dentures, crowns), but dental implants are considered as the best and most long-lasting solution to them.
However, getting dental implants is easier said than done, as several factors influence the candidacy. A well-trained dentist would screen your teeth, and after careful diagnosis, the dentist will declare you either fit or unfit for dental implants.
What influences the candidacy for dental implants?
- Dental implants are a combination of a visible ceramic crown and a titanium root. The titanium root will be fused to the jawbone by placing it in a tiny hole made at the implant site. However, to place the implant, sufficient jawbone is required, which otherwise could make it unstable.
- Extracting a tooth could, in fact, remove a small amount of jawbone along with the tooth root. If the bone structure is weak, it could lead to jawbone deterioration, denying its minimum required amount. In such cases, a bone graft may be required, where bone tissues from a different part of the body will be extracted and grafted to the implant site.
- Patients should be in a good state of oral health. Factors such as oral infections, gum diseases (gingivitis and periodontitis), severe cavities, failed restorations, etc. could influence the candidacy for dental implants.
- Patients who would like to get dental implants should be willing to undergo two surgeries. A healing period of at least three to six months will be recommended between the two in order to facilitate optimum healing of the wound and the fusion of the bone with the implant.
- Patients with certain chronic diseases, such as severe diabetes, hemophilia, issues with the nervous system, high blood pressure, heart problems, etc. do not qualify for dental implants.
- Patients who have an issue of bruxism, or teeth grinding, will have to be given treatment prior to getting implants.
- Pregnant women aren’t good candidates for dental implants.
Why should you choose implants?
- Implants offer impressive longevity. With proper care and hygiene, they can last several years and offer exceptional performance during the long run.
- They are highly strong and durable. You can bite and chew food like normal with implants, and they undergo very less wear.
- They prevent the drifting of the adjoining teeth from their positions. Often, when a tooth is lost, the remaining teeth gradually and slowly move from their places as there is an ‘empty space’ next to them. But, with implants, this is prevented.
- They can be used to support other structures such as crowns, implant-supported bridges, implant-supported dentures, etc. This way, they are efficient at replacing the aesthetics and functionality of the teeth.
- Most interesting of all, they look exactly like natural teeth. No one would ever get to know that you have a prosthetic tooth, even upon taking a closer look.
Schedule an online appointment or call us at (614) 459-3229 to have a consultation with our dentist and we’ll be able to guide you further.