Dental implants are considered the gold standard in restorative dentistry, providing a stable and secure foundation for implant-supported prosthetics that can rejuvenate the health and appearance of your smile. There are certain requirements you must meet to undergo dental implants treatment. Dr. John P. Krueger can determine if you are a candidate for dental implants by evaluating your oral and general health at our Palm Harbor, FL-area practice.
Who Makes A Good Candidate for Dental Implants?
Dental implants are titanium posts that are surgically inserted in the jaw to provide secure support for custom restorations. A good candidate for dental implants should be in good health and have a commitment to maintaining their health.
Periodontal disease can prevent the implant posts from fusing with your jawbone. Therefore, patients with gum disease need to undergo prior treatment to address oral health concerns and become eligible for implants.
Sufficient Jawbone Tissue to Support Implants
Patients often experience jawbone atrophy after losing their teeth. Dr. Krueger can determine if you should undergo a bone graft surgery to augment your jawbone. If you do not have enough room for implants in your upper jaw, you may similarly need to undergo a sinus lift before receiving implants.
Commitment towards Oral Hygiene Habits
You should be committed to taking good care of your implanted-supported restorations and your gums. Daily brushing and flossing are essential for maintaining your oral health. It is also important to visit Clearwater Dentistry twice a year for routine checkups.
Good General Health
Some diseases and conditions can affect the success of your implants treatment. For example, advanced diabetes, hemophilia, severe immune deficiency, cancer, heavy smoking, and alcoholism may affect the healing process or successful osseointegration of the dental implants with the jawbone.
Implants may not be suitable for pregnant women, young patients whose jawbones are still developing, or patients who have received high-dose radiation treatment of the head or neck. Patients who have a habit of grinding their teeth, or who take certain medicines that suppress the immune system, may still be eligible to receive implants, depending on the severity of their conditions. Dr. Krueger can evaluate if these conditions may impact your chances of a successful treatment.
We will work with you to develop a treatment plan that suits your needs and preferences.
Evaluating Your Candidacy
When you come in for your initial consultation, it is important to let Dr. Krueger and our team know about your health history and any medical conditions, as well as all the medications you are taking. Your evaluation will include a thorough examination of your smile and teeth, and we will take advanced x-rays and scans of your jaw. These images provide information on your jawbone density, its shape, and where the nerves and sinuses are located. Our scans can also ensure that your implants are placed in the strongest areas of your jaw.
Finally, Dr. Krueger will discuss your treatment options, explain the procedure, treatment costs, and possible complications. We will work with you to develop a treatment plan that suits your needs and preferences.
Find Out if You Are a Candidate
Dental implants provide a wealth of benefits for patients. If you are considering replacing lost teeth with implant-supported restorations, contact us to schedule a consultation and to learn more about this treatment.