Am I a Candidate for Dental Implants?
If you are missing one or more than one tooth, you may have considered dental implants as a possible solution. Dental implants are often called a more effective solution because they can have greater longevity than dentures. However, dental implants are not for everyone. To be a candidate for dental implants, you usually must meet a few qualifications.
Good Dental Implants Candidate
The ideal candidate for dental implants is someone who already has healthy teeth and gums, besides the missing tooth. This person is committed to their hygiene, and to the process of getting implants – which can take anywhere from several weeks to a year, depending on many factors.
This person must have sufficient bone density behind the gums. This is what supports the implant. This person must also not be suffering from uncontrolled diabetes or an autoimmune disorder. These situations can make it harder for your gums to heal after receiving implants.
Anyone who smokes, and is not willing to quit smoking during the implant process, is not a good candidate for dental implants. Additionally, someone who has had a cancer treatment with bisphosphonate medicine is not a good candidate for dental implants.
Gum Disease and Bone Density
Two common issues to see in a person who has lost teeth is either gum disease or a lack of bone density. Your dentist in Edmonton may be able to treat the gum disease and prepare your gums for an implant in time. It may also be possible for an implant dentist to graft bone into the area to make up for low bone density.
Contact Us in Edmonton to Schedule a Consultation
Determining if you are a candidate for dental implants is more definitive when you visit your dentist in Edmonton at Sana Dental for a consultation. We can help you learn more about implant dentistry. Call our office at 1.780.476.3391, or contact us online.