Knowing how intensive the dental implant process can be, we receive many patients who are curious about candidacy. Because dental implants require surgery to complete, many patients question whether or not they might qualify for the treatment.
While we require a consultation with every patient before determining their candidacy for treatment, there are factors you can look at to get a good idea if implants are right for you before you even schedule this consultation.
Some traits we look at when determining a patient’s candidacy for dental implant treatment includes:
Patients who are currently living with the following traits may not initially qualify for treatment with dental implants:
Some patients are not able to move forward with dental implants after their first consultation. However, that doesn’t mean they are forever barred from the treatment. Through the use of supplemental procedures, these patients may be able to move forward after a period of healing.
Not many people are aware, but the jawbone requires constant stimulation and exercise in order to stay healthy and strong. This comes from chewing and speaking, activities which cause vibrations that travel from the crown, down the tooth roots, and into the jawbone.
When you lose a tooth, the section of the jawbone that housed that missing tooth’s root will no longer get the exercise it needs and will begin to deteriorate as a result.
Bone grafting may be the solution to this condition. This treatment takes donated bone tissue and grafts it to the deficient areas of your jawbone. Thanks to the same regenerative process that allows osseointegration to be possible, your jawbone will heal around this new tissue, taking it and integrating it within itself. This restores density to the structure, allowing your jawbone to support implants moving forward.
It is important that you treat jawbone deterioration, as the condition affects more than just your ability to receive implants. In fact, the condition can have drastic effects on your facial appearance. The jawbone is partially responsible for the structure of your face, so when it deteriorates, you lose vital support.
Effects of this include sunken cheeks and premature wrinkling around the lips. Because of this, patients suffering from severe jawbone deterioration are often described as appearing aged or unhealthy.
Gum recession refers to the practice of gum tissue shrinking away from your teeth, often exposing your tooth roots and causing sensitivity. There are many different reasons for why you might begin to experience gum recession:
When it comes to treating gum recession, we can provide a treatment called soft tissue augmentation, or gum grafting. During this treatment, gum tissue will be taken from your palate or from a tissue bank and grafted to cover the exposed root. In certain circumstances, we use donated gum tissue (tissue bank) instead.
This procedure can do more than just restore your candidacy for implant treatment. Not only will this treatment reduce sensitivity in your teeth, but it can improve the overall look of your smile. Full, complete gums will go a long way toward protecting your smile for years to come. These procedures can reverse the “long in the tooth look” that occurs with gum recession giving you and your smile a younger appearance.
In order to determine your candidacy for treatment with dental implants, as well as whether or not you might need a supplemental procedure, you will need to attend a no-obligation consultation with Dr. Stuart J. Froum. During this appointment, he will check the status of your oral health, as well as inquire about your overall health.
After a thorough and painless oral examination of your teeth, gums and jawbone using the data gathered, he will recommend a treatment plan that fits your need. Don’t hesitate any longer, contact our office and receive the care you need.
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