Am I A Candidate For Dental Implants?
Thanks to their many benefits, patients are quickly recognizing the value of investing in dental implants. However, enjoying the full potential of this treatment requires that patients have strong, healthy smiles. At our Gilbert, AZ, practice, our dentists carefully examine smiles during the initial consultation to determine whether a patient is a candidate for dental implants.
Some of the factors the oral surgeon looks for include:
- Willingness to follow doctor’s instructions.
- Healthy gums.
- Sufficient jawbone density.
- Excellent oral hygiene habits.
- Good overall health
To ensure the success of your dental implants it’s essential to have great oral health. In some instances, patients considering dental implants are not immediately able to qualify for the procedure due to the condition of their mouth. Unhealthy teeth or gums can cause implant failure and recurring problems, while poor oral hygiene can spur on the development of post-surgery complications.
At Artistry in Dentistry, we provide supplemental procedures to prepare the teeth, gums, and jawbone for implant placement. In some cases, we coordinate with local specialists to make sure you receive the necessary preparatory treatments. Not only do these procedures increase your chances of becoming a good candidate for dental implants, they increase the likelihood of long-term dental implant success.
Bone grafting is recommended when a patient is missing sufficient bone density to support dental implants. Diminished density is typically the result of resorption, the process in which the bone misses stimulation provided by a tooth root and begins to deteriorate the area affected by tooth loss.
During the bone grafting procedure, donated tissue is placed in the deficient area to reinforce the weakened bone. As you heal, the existing bone grows around the grafted tissue, strengthening the entire jawbone in the process. Once healing is complete, patients are often able to support dental implants.
In some cases of resorption, the jawbone thins on the alveolar crest, becoming too narrow for dental implants to be placed. Ridge modification corrects this issue by grafting artificial or donated bone tissue to the deficient area. Much like bone grafting, patients undergo a period of recovery during which the existing bone tissue grows around the donor tissue and strengthens the entire bone.
Another form of bone grafting, sinus augmentation, is a treatment only recommended when bone resorption occurs on the upper jawbone. When teeth are missing from the upper arch, the sinus cavity becomes larger, diminishing the bone available for implant placement. Sinus augmentation adds to, or “augments” the existing tissue and prepares the jaw for upper arch dental implants.
Gum Disease Treatment
To ensure that your dental implants have the best chance of success, it’s important to treat any symptoms of gum disease (also called periodontal disease) before your implant procedure. If you are experiencing any symptoms of gum disease, our implant dentists may recommend that you have treatment to reverse its effects before dental implant placement to help ensure a successful outcome.