It is incredibly important that our prospective dental implant patients attend their no-obligation consultation with Dr. Munira Lokhandwala, Dr. Saman Sajid, or Dr. Priya Beedu. The reason for this is the fact that not every patient ends up qualifying for treatment with dental implants. Because dental implants are surgically placed into your jawbone, there are certain requirements you must meet before you will be cleared to move forward with the implant procedure. That is why, during your initial consultation, your dentist will examine your oral health in order to make sure that dental implants are the best possible solution for your needs. We encourage you to read on to find out what standards you must meet before you will qualify for implant treatment.
What Qualities Signify a Good Candidate?
When it comes to determining a patient’s candidacy for treatment with dental implants, there are many different things we look for. In general, a good candidate is a patient who is in good health. It is more than just good oral health that we require from a potential patient, however. In fact, a good patient will be in good overall health as well, as the body needs to be strong to ensure that any kind of surgery is successful.
The most obvious requirement you need to meet is that you must have a valid reason for pursuing treatment with dental implants. We here at Starbrite Dental are not in the practice of replacing perfectly healthy teeth. Treatment with dental implants is reserved for people who are suffering from one or more missing teeth or are suffering from an oral condition that is likely to cost them the infected tooth. We also commonly perform this treatment for patients who are looking to replace their dentures or dental bridges with a more permanent restoration solution.
Lastly, a good candidate for treatment with dental implants has the jawbone density and gum tissue required to support dental implants. Because implants are directly fused to your jawbone and gums, they will need to be strong enough to support your artificial tooth roots. This can be made more difficult by the fact that these structures begin to deteriorate after a tooth has been lost.
Less Than Ideal Patients
Unfortunately, some patients may not initially qualify for treatment with dental implants. This can be for a variety of different reasons, though it usually has something to do with a habit or condition that the patient has. Some reasons a patient may be denied treatment with dental implants include:
- Smoking: Smoking can actually make it much more difficult for your body to heal itself as it slows the flow of blood throughout your body. As the healing period is so important to the dental implant process, patients who smoke may be denied treatment because of the chance that their implants will fail to osseointegrate.
- Age: Young children and teens are often denied treatment using dental implants. The reason for this is that, when we are young, the jawbone is in a natural state of growth and change. Until this growth is complete, our younger patients will not be able to pursue treatment with dental implants.
- Pregnancy: It is always advised that women who are pregnant should not undergo any type of surgery until after the baby has been born. Part of the reason for this is the fact that surgery can cause stress on the mother, which can affect the body and put the child at risk. We must also use less anesthetic when performing a treatment for a pregnant patient, which can cause additional stress and pain. That said, it is best to wait until after the baby is born before moving forward with implant treatment.
Find Out If You Are a Candidate at Starbrite Dental
Are you unsure if you qualify for treatment with dental implants? If so, then you should contact our Fremont, CA office and schedule a no-obligation consultation with Drs. Munira Lokhandwala, Saman Sajid, and Priya Beedu. During this consultation, one of our doctors will examine your health in order to determine how to move forward with your teeth restoration treatment. If you do not initially qualify for treatment with implants, then your doctor may be able to recommend a supplemental procedure that will restore your oral health to the point where you will be able to replace your missing teeth with implants.