One of the first questions we get from most patients considering tooth replacement treatment is what sort of characteristics make a good candidate for the dental implants placement procedure. This page is intended to provide some of the traits that are usually found in successful dental implant candidates, as well as which characteristics may require additional time or procedures to prepare for dental implant placement.
Common Traits Of Successful Dental Implant Candidates
1) You are missing one or more teeth. A whole row of teeth can also be replaced.
2) You have healthy gums and jaw tissue. Healthy tissue better allows the implant to heal properly and stay firmly attached to the jawbone after the placement procedure.
3) You have good overall health. This ensures fewer problems after the placement procedure.
4) You have good oral hygiene habits or are willing to start. A clean and healthy mouth ensures better healing and fewer complications after the surgery.
5) You are willing and able to follow doctor’s instructions after surgery, as well as to commit the necessary 3 – 6 months to the procedure.
Candidates Who May Not Qualify For Dental Implants
1) Women who are pregnant. These patients are not preferred because dental implant placement involves surgery and it is recommended that women who are pregnant avoid invasive surgery, as well as anesthesia.
2) Uncontrolled tooth grinders. These patients could end up displacing the dental implant, or at the very least damaging the critical growth that occurs when patients avoid putting any pressure on the implant site.
3) Children who have undeveloped bone growth in the jaw. These patients are less preferred because continued growth of the jaw could displace the implant root.
4) Patients with serious underlying health conditions or those who are undergoing cancer treatment. These patients are not preferred because they could have trouble healing after the procedure during the important healing phase.
5) Smokers. These patients are generally less preferred because of problems with healing and bone growth.
6) Patients with uncontrolled gum disease. These patients will need to get their gum disease well under control before having oral surgery.
What If I Am Not A Good Candidate?
The most important thing you can do to help yourself is to become as healthy as possible prior to any surgical procedures. Supplemental procedures may be needed to improve inadequate bone and tissue in the mouth and jaw areas. Quitting smoking is also helpful. Please feel free to contact our helpful office staff to discuss how you can be better prepared for dental implants. For more information on supplemental procedures, please see our Supplemental Treatments page.
Come See Dentistry In The Village & Clarkson North Dental in Mississauga ON For All Your Dental Implant Needs
Now is the time to restore a healthy smile with beautiful dental implants from Dentistry In The Village & Clarkson North Dental! And now that you are up to speed on dental implant candidacy, we suggest you check out our page on the Dental Implants Placement Process. You can also see the rest of our Dental Implants InfoSite or call us for a consultation. We can’t wait to help you get started on your journey to a beautiful smile today!