September 20, 2020
Dental implants have quickly become the gold standard for tooth replacement, providing patients with a variety of health, beauty, and functional benefits. However, you may be wondering if this option is the right choice for you. While the only be to be sure is to visit an expert implant dentist, there are some basic qualities that every candidate should have for this procedure!
#1. Healthy Gums
Healthy gums ensure that your implants are successful. However, gum disease can cause serious damage to your oral health if left untreated. When inflammation and infection occurs, it can spread to your jawbone, which weakens its ability to support your implants. Untreated gum disease could potentially lead to implant failure, which is why having good oral hygiene is an important part of being an implant candidate.
#2. A Commitment to Oral Healthcare
Candidates for dental implants should also have a commitment to good dental hygiene. Dental implants need a healthy mouth in order to be successful! Habits like brushing twice a day and flossing once a day combined with regular trips to your dentist’s office for checkups and cleanings will ensure that you’re staying on top of your oral health.
#3. Sufficient Bone Strength
Dental implants are rooted in the jawbone to act as artificial tooth roots, supporting your restorations while allowing them to look and feel real. However, your jawbone must have enough volume in order for implants to be placed. Those who have been missing all or most of their teeth for a while may have weaker jawbones due to deterioration after tooth loss. However, your dentist may be able to perform bone grafting to add bone, giving you enough to support dental implants.
#4. Free from Chronic Disease
Chronic diseases can sometimes impact the success of dental implants. For example, studies show that patients with diabetes have a higher risk of failure. However, keep in mind that their success rate is still around 94% compared to the 98% success rate of patients without diabetes. Additionally, those with sleep apnea or heart disease may interfere with anesthesia during the implant process.
#5. Minimal Tobacco and Alcohol Use
Drinking alcohol and using tobacco products after getting dental implants can negatively impact the healing process. Alcohol use over time can also lead to jawbone deterioration. Additionally, smoking can increase risk of gum disease and slow down the healing process.
Are you ready to start enjoying the benefits of dental implants? Now that you know more about your candidacy for treatment, don’t hesitate to contact your dentist in Whitinsville to get started.
About the Practice
Dr. Jason Tubo was awarded Mastership with the Academy of General Dentistry (MAGD) and he has extensive experience with placing and restoring dental implants. If you have any questions or want to schedule an appointment, he can be reached through his website or by phone at (508) 234-8107.
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