The Ideal Candidates For Dental Implant Surgery

Dental implant surgery is a common procedure that has become a more popular option for people with tooth loss.

The dental implant process usually involves a series of visits over several months. During the initial consultation, the dentist will assess whether you are an ideal candidate for implant treatment. A treatment plan will be formulated based on your needs and goals.

Unfortunately, not everyone is a suitable candidate for dental implant surgery. Certain medical conditions and circumstances prohibit one from having dental implants.

In this blog post, we will discuss who the ideal candidates for dental implant surgery are.

Keep in mind that each situation is unique. If you are considering dental implants, consult your dentist to see if this treatment is right for you. Keep reading to learn more!

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Dental implants are a popular replacement for missing or damaged teeth and can offer several benefits. The ideal candidates for dental implant surgery are people who:

  • Are missing one or more teeth:
    Dental implants can replace a single tooth, multiple teeth, or all of the teeth in the upper or lower jaw.

  • Have good dental health:
    To be a good candidate for dental implants, you should have good dental health. This means no active gum disease, tooth decay, or other major dental problems.

  • Have healthy gums:
    Dental implants require healthy gum tissues to succeed. If you have periodontal disease or other gum problems, there is a higher chance of implant failure as the implant and bone will not fuse.

  • Have adequate bone density:
    The titanium screws of the dental implants are anchored in the jawbone, so you need to have enough bone tissue to support them. If you don’t have enough bone, you may need a bone graft procedure before getting dental implants.

  • Do not smoke:
    Smoking can prevent healing after implant surgery, so candidates for this procedure must not smoke. If you smoke, you may need to quit before having dental implant surgery.

  • Have good oral hygiene:
    Dental implants require good oral hygiene to be successful and last a long time. This means brushing and flossing regularly and visiting the dentist for regular check-ups and cleanings.

  • Have realistic expectations:
    Dental implants can offer many benefits, but they’re not perfect. They are not of the same material as your natural teeth and may require changes in your diet. Plus, dental surgery carries some potential complications, such as the risk of infection, nerve damage, and failure. Having realistic expectations about dental implants before undergoing oral surgery is important.

  • Are willing to commit:
    Dental implant surgery is a commitment – both financially and in terms of time and effort required for proper oral care. It should also be someone who can commit to having professional cleanings and regular check-ups with the dentist.

While the eligibility criteria for dental implants may seem stringent, the benefits one can get from this treatment are significant.

What Are the Benefits of Dental Implants?

Dental implants have many benefits, which is why they are a popular choice for tooth replacement. Here are eight benefits that you should know:

  1. They look and feel like your own teeth.
    Because they are firmly attached to your jawbone, dental implants look and function like your natural teeth.

  2. They are strong and durable.
    They are made from titanium, a material that is well-tolerated by the human body. With proper care, these titanium implants can last a long time.

  3. They help improve your oral health.
    Dental implants fill the gap left by missing teeth, preventing the shifting of natural teeth. When teeth shift, spaces between teeth open up, increasing the risk of tooth decay and gum disease. Dental implants prevent this from happening, contributing to improving oral health.

  4. They can help you eat and speak more easily.
    Dental implants take the place of natural tooth roots, making them more stable and secure. Dental bridges and dentures can sometimes make eating and speaking difficult because they don’t provide the same support as dental implants.

  5. They preserve your facial structure.
    When you lose a tooth, the bone loses stimulation and shrinks. As you lose more teeth, the bone loss because more significant, causing the lips and cheeks to lose support. This leads to facial sagging. Dental implants can preserve your facial structure since it provides the stimulation needed by the bone to prevent bone loss.

  6. They are comfortable.
    Unlike dentures, which can sometimes slip and cause discomfort, dental implants are embedded and integrated with the bone and will not move around in your mouth.

  7. They are convenient.
    You don’t have to take them out to clean them as you do with dentures. They are easily cleaned by brushing and flossing the same way you do with natural teeth. 

  8. Dental implants can increase your confidence by giving you a beautiful, full smile without worrying about them coming out or falling out.

When Are Dental Implants Not a Treatment Option?

Dental implants are a great treatment option for people who are missing one or more teeth. However, some conditions make dental implants not ideal.

  • Active gum disease:
    People who currently have gum or periodontal disease are not good candidates for dental implants. This is because gum disease can cause the implant to fail.

  • Active cancer:
    People undergoing cancer treatment are not good candidates for dental implants. Chemotherapy weakens the immune system, making the patient more prone to infection and increasing the risk of implant failure. 

  • Chronic diseases:
    People with autoimmune diseases such as diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, and psoriasis are not good candidates for dental implants. These diseases can affect the body’s ability to heal from surgery.

  • Bruxism:
    People who suffer from bruxism, or teeth grinding, are not good candidates for dental implants. The constant pressure caused by grinding can damage the implant.

  • Heavy smokers:
    People who smoke heavily are not ideal candidates for dental implants, as smoking can delay the healing process after surgery.

  • Radiation therapy:
    People with a history of radiation therapy to their head or neck area are unsuitable for dental implants as it can decrease the success rate of implant

Final Thoughts

Dental implants have become the gold standard for tooth replacement because of their benefits. However, they are not for everyone.

A good candidate for a tooth implant is someone who is in good general health, has healthy gums, and has enough bone density to support the implant.

If you have any of these conditions, you may not be a good candidate for dental implants: uncontrolled diabetes, active cancer, periodontal disease, and certain chronic diseases. Those who smoke and grind their teeth are also unsuitable for dental implants.

If you are missing one or more teeth and have been considering dental implants, call Peel Dental Studio to book an appointment. Our team of experienced professionals will assess your oral health and determine if you are a good candidate for this life-changing dental treatment.

Our dental implant solutions can last for many years and can help bring back the confidence that comes with having a beautiful smile.

Frequently Asked Questions

Dental implants are popular as a replacement teeth option because they are durable and can last for many years. Generally, the average lifespan of dental implants is 25 years.

However, the longevity of dental implants depends on many factors, which include:

  • Quality of the implant itself:
    There are different grades of implants, and the higher-quality implants will typically last longer.

  • The health of the surrounding teeth:
    If the adjacent teeth are healthy, there is less likelihood that the implant teeth will be exposed to bacteria that may cause gum disease. However, if the surrounding teeth are weak or decayed, the infection can spread, leading to implant failure.

  • Patient’s oral hygiene habits:
    Brushing and flossing twice daily is crucial for maintaining healthy gums and preventing infection. Those who do not practice good oral hygiene are at greater risk of developing gum disease, which can lead to implant failure.

  • The type of implant:
    Those with single tooth implants or mini implants are more likely to succeed than those with full arch replacements or All-on-4 dental implants.

  • Experience of your implant dentist: Dentists who have successfully placed and restored many implants are more likely to achieve long-term success with your implant treatment. Choosing an experienced implant dentist can help ensure that your dental implants will last many years.

Dental implants are one of the most successful treatments available for replacing missing teeth. The success rate for dental implants is typically between 90% and 95%. This makes them a highly effective option for people looking to improve their smile.

Several factors can affect the success of dental implants, including:

  • The type of implant used
  • The location of the implant
  • The experience of the implant surgeon
  • The overall health of the patient
  • Patient’s age

While headaches are not a common side effect of dental implants, some people may experience them after implant treatment. This is usually because the dental implant procedure can be quite invasive.

In addition, headaches can also be caused by tooth implant placement if the nerves around the implant site are damaged.

If you experience headaches after dental implant treatment, they should go away within a few days. However, if they persist, you should consult your dentist to see if there is another issue that needs to be addressed.

The cost of teeth implants can range from $5,000 to $7,000 per tooth. But several factors can affect the cost of implant treatment, including:

  • The number of teeth being replaced
  • The type of implant being used
  • The experience of the implant dentist
  • Geographical location
  • The need for additional surgical procedures such as bone grafting, sinus lift, gum grafts and tooth removal

In general, dental implants are a very cost-effective way to replace missing teeth. Compared to other tooth replacement options, such as removable dentures or dental bridges, they are longer lasting and can preserve oral health. Therefore, dental implants can save you money in the long run.

Thanks to the durability and lifelike appearance of these artificial teeth, dental implants offer a level of comfort and confidence unmatched by other tooth replacement options.

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Dr. Bailey formerly served on the Australian Dental Association as President, Vice President Treasurer and Country Councillor. He was on the Australian Dental Association Federal Council and has always been keen to give back to the profession that has been his life. He has tutored student dentists at the Oral Health Centre in Perth.