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Am I A Candidate for Dental Implants?

February 21, 2024
Am I A Candidate for Dental Implants

Getting dental implants can be life-changing as it gives you all of the benefits of natural teeth — even after you have lost one or more of them. But while many will be able to take advantage of what they have to offer, they are not the ideal solution for every patient. 

Your dentist can let you know whether or not dental implants will be an effective treatment option for you based on a visit with an evaluation. In the meantime, below is a list of the qualifying criteria most dentists take into consideration. 

Bone Density

To successfully support and secure the implant, you need to have sufficient bone structure in the jaw bone. Without it, the chance of the procedure failing is quite high. 

There are various reasons why one’s bone density may be lacking, such as: 

  • Tooth extractions that were not replaced
  • Periodontal disease 
  • Prior dental work
  • Age and genetics

Although lacking bone density can keep you from getting dental implants, there is a solution. Bone grafting can build up your bone so that you have a stronger, more dense jaw bone that is capable of anchoring the implant. Keep in mind that due to healing time, requiring bone grafting can add a few extra months onto your timeline. 

Missing Tooth or Extraction

Of course, to be eligible for a dental implant, you have to have at least one missing tooth — or have an extraction planned with your dentist. Different types of dental implants are available based on your needs. A single implant can be an effective replacement for one missing tooth. For a couple of consecutive missing teeth, a dental bridge can help. Finally, for a whole mouth, implants can also be used to replace one or both arches. 

Each tooth relies on the one next to it. If one is missing, don’t delay in finding a solution to replace it.

Healthy Gums — And Good Oral Hygiene

Having healthy gums is also typically a requirement for undergoing the procedure as there should be no sign of gingivitis or gum disease. The idea is to keep a healthy mouth where the dental implant can thrive. 

If you are currently dealing with gum disease, work with your dentist to remove the bacteria and infection associated with the condition so that you give your dental implant the best chance to survive. 

Engaging in a solid oral hygiene program can ensure that your mouth is the optimal place for dental implants. This includes brushing at least twice a day, flossing daily, and visiting your dentist for routine checkups and a professional cleaning every six months. 

Frequently Asked Questions

How painful is getting a dental implant? 

You shouldn’t feel anything while getting dental implants as you will be numb thanks to the local anesthetic. However, when this wears off, you may experience some temporary discomfort. Over-the-counter pain medication can often provide you with the relief you need. 

Does dental insurance pay for implants? 

Some dental insurance will cover the cost of dental implants – at least in part. Each policy is different so be sure to review your coverage or reach out to your insurance company. 

Find Out If You Are a Candidate for Dental Implants

Are you a candidate for dental implants? If you want to reap all the benefits that come with this ideal tooth alternative, the team at El Paso Family Dental can help. We understand the need to replace missing teeth, both for your oral health and your self-confidence. And we want to provide that opportunity for you. 

Contact us today at 915-585-2020 to book an appointment. Or, schedule your visit online. 

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