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What Issues Can Stop You from Getting Dental Implants?

March 2, 2024

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dr. Stutman's Office @ 10:40 pm

Digital model of a dental implantMost people with good oral and overall health are candidates for dental implants, but they aren’t right for everyone. You’ll require a consultation with an implant dentist to determine if they are an option for you. A few issues can prevent you from getting dental implants. Here’s what you need to know to replace your lost teeth.

How Do Dental Implants Work?

A dental implant is unlike any other treatment because it replaces both the tooth root and the crown. A titanium post is inserted into your jaw to serve as a new tooth root; therefore, your jawbone must be healthy. You must also have good oral health to ensure minimal risk of infections after your placement surgery. Your jaw must fuse to your implant through a process called osseointegration. 

Once your bone has healed, you’ll need a minor procedure to attach an abutment to the post, which will connect your restoration. Your restoration will be crafted to match the color, size, and shape of your natural teeth to blend in.

Who is a Candidate for Dental Implants?

Pre-existing conditions or untreated dental problems may not prevent you from getting dental implants. Your implant dentist will examine your mouth and review a CT scan to look for anything concerning. Generally, a good candidate for dental implants has the following qualities:

Good Oral Health

Good oral health is a requirement for the procedure. Don’t worry if you have cavities or gum disease. It’s not uncommon to require a little prep work before your placement surgery, like tooth extractions, bone grafting, or gum disease treatment. Although it will add additional steps to your treatment plan, it’s time well-spent to ensure your new smile has the foundation it needs to thrive.

Good Overall Wellness

Health conditions or medications that can affect healing or increase your risk of infections can complicate your procedure, but that doesn’t mean you’re not a candidate for dental implants. Your dentist will take precautions to ensure your safety and the success of your procedure.

Good Oral Hygiene Habits

Dental implants have over a 95% success rate and are proven to last for 30 years or longer with the right care. You must have good oral hygiene habits to keep your mouth healthy. Peri-implantitis is a preventable infection that can lead to dental implant failure. You can keep the infection at bay by brushing your teeth at least twice a day for 2 minutes. Floss your teeth at least once a day and use an antimicrobial mouthwash to kill any bacteria brushing and flossing couldn’t reach.

Regular Dental Care

In addition to caring for your smile at home, you must visit your dentist every 6 months for a cleaning and checkup. Regular dental care will keep your mouth healthy to get the most from your investment.

Your dentist will create the personalized plan you need to treat your tooth loss. You can enjoy the next best thing to real teeth by investing in dental implants.

About Dr. Dory Stutman

Dr. Stutman earned his dental degree from Case Western Reserve University and has continued his education in esthetic dentistry, dental implants, full mouth reconstruction, and more. He is a proud member of several professional organizations, including the American Dental Association. Request an appointment through his website or call his office at (516) 366-3345.

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