Dental implants are the preferred restoration treatment by many doctors because of their ability to restore full function and esthetics to a person’s smile. However, dental implants aren’t suitable for everyone. Once you’ve made the decision to get prosthetic teeth, the next step is to find out if you’re a good candidate for dental implants.
What type of candidate are you?
Take a self assessment and ask yourself a few questions on what you want and hope to achieve with dental implants. Ask yourself:
Do you desire to have natural-looking teeth?
Dental implants are titanium screws placed in the bone that act like tooth roots. The custom-made crown sits on top of the titanium and is color matched and created to look like your natural teeth. They completely change your appearance giving you a permanent, natural looking tooth.
Do you want a durable long-lasting smile?
By imitating a strong tooth root, dental implants can protect your jawbone for a very long time. And by replacing a missing tooth, it supports bone growth.
Do you want an easy maintenance solution?
Just like natural teeth, dental implants require regular brushing and flossing. And be sure to visit your dentist every six months for dental checkups. No more messy denture adhesive and removing your dentures at night.
Do you desire to improved your self esteem and quality of life?
Imagine no longer being afraid to smile. Imagine spending more time with friends and loved ones, having carefree conversations and eating your favorite foods without hesitation. Dental implants can make this possible.
Do you want to live your life without any limitations?
With dental implants, you can stop worrying about your speech being affected and whether your favorite foods are off-limits. Implants restore your smile’s functionality and give you the freedom to speak and eat without any issues.
If all that sounds good to you then your almost ready to move forward. Now let’s move to the next stage.
How do I know if I’m a good candidate for dental implants?
There are some circumstances that may not make you a good candidate for dental implants. While these circumstances my not eliminate your chance of receiving dental implants, they may hinder the outcome and in some circumstances, may just require additional time and treatment before the dentist can commence with the procedure. These include:
Young patients who are still in their growth stage, such as children and teens, are not eligible for implants until their bones have finished maturing.
Women who are pregnant or are planning on becoming pregnant are advised to wait until after the baby is born before considering implant surgery. Pregnant patients are advised to discuss this with their OBGYN.
- Smoking and Tobacco Use
Smokers and tobacco users have a higher risk of complications. Using tobacco products can hinder and prevent your mouth from healing properly.
Alcohol consumption can hinder the dental implant healing process. It can also cause dry mouth and a reduction of saliva.
- Gum Disease
Gum disease damages your gums, teeth, and jaw bone. It can impact your healing. It’s recommend that you treat your gum disease prior to getting dental implants.
Teeth grinding (bruxism) where patients subconsciously grind their teeth while sleeping can potentially damage the dental implants. The dentist may advise you to be treated with a nightguard prior to implant placement.
About The Doctor
Tehachapi dentist, Jose David Sanchez D.D.S. has 46 years’ dental experience and is the owner of Sedation and Implant Dentistry in Tehachapi, California. Dr. Sanchez has completed specialized training in restoring complete function and esthetics to patients’ smiles with dental implants. At the University of California, San Francisco, Dr. Sanchez served as a clinical professor on restorative and operative dentistry. He is a member of several prestigious dental organizations, including Fellow of Misch International Implant Institute, Fellow of International Congress of Oral Implantologists, Fellow of Global Dental Implant Academy, American Dental Society of Anesthesiology and California Dental Society of Anesthesiology. Dr. Sanchez continues to take hundreds of hours of continuing education courses yearly and stays up to date with the latest technology.