Dental implants are one of the most reliable and widely accepted restorative procedures in dentistry. While most people with one or more missing teeth will make good candidates for dental implants, a few patients may not be well-suited for this procedure.
During the initial consultation, the dentist will carefully assess the patient’s age and oral health condition as well as their personal goals before recommending dental implants. Accomplished cosmetic dentist Dr. Rob Strain provides implants to suitable candidates in Rancho Mirage, Palm Springs, Palm Desert, and surrounding locations.
An ideal candidate for dental implants is usually someone who is in good general health, has healthy gums, and has adequate availability of bone to support an implant. In many cases, even if the candidate has insufficient jawbone, or the bone height is not enough to support implants, a bone grafting technique may be applied to build up the jawbone prior to the dental implant procedure.
According to the American Dental Association, smokers are at a higher risk of unexpected implant failure. Patients with certain chronic diseases such as diabetes and leukemia may also not make marvelous candidates because their condition may interfere with the implant’s healing process.
Good candidates should ideally have the following attributes:
- Be free from periodontal disease
- Have fairly dense bone tissue in the jaw
- Be a non-smoker or have the commitment to stop smoking, particularly during the osseo-integration period.
- Have good overall health as well as oral health
- Be willing to commit a healthy lifestyle, a good oral health and hygiene regiment, and periodic visits to the dentist’s office after the implant procedure.
Poor Bone Density
Osseo-integration process is critical to ensure the stability of the dental implant posts. When one or more teeth are missing for a significant time period, the body determines that jawbone tissue is not required to secure the teeth in that area any longer. As part of the body’s natural efficiency, calcium and phosphorus are directed away from the jaw to other areas of the body that require vital minerals.
As a result, the jawbone begins to deteriorate due to the lack of nutrition that is necessary to keep it dense and healthy. Osseo-integration may not occur due to poor bone density, which poses challenges for the success of dental implants. In such cases, the bone density will improve with bone grafting, and the patient can become an appropriate candidate for an implant procedure after that.
Potential implant candidates will also have a challenge if they suffer from serious gum disease. Bone deterioration is one of the effects of periodontitis, which is an advanced form of gum disease that causes tooth loss. Harmful bacteria will destroy the gums and bone in such cases.
Therefore, it becomes important to treat gum disease prior to declaring a patient as a fit candidate for dental implants. Candidates with a poor healing tendency may require close monitoring during and after the implant process. Dr. Strain’s dental office receives patients from Rancho Mirage, Palm Springs, Palm Desert, and nearby areas for dental implants.
If you would like to learn more about the dental procedures and treatments performed by cosmetic dentists Dr. Rob Strain, DDS and Dr. Laura Wittenauer, DDS please call us at 760.568.9494 or click here. Serving new patients in Rancho Mirage, Palm Springs, Palm Desert and surrounding areas.