Due to medical advances and healthier lifestyle choices, people are living longer and healthier lives. In spite of that, there are certain conditions that come with age including teeth loss. There are some conditions, other than age, that can also cause teeth loss and the need to have one form of teeth replacement procedure or the other.
A dental implant is unarguably the best procedure for anyone that is missing a tooth or more. It offers the most advanced tooth replacement technology that will help you eat what you want to eat, smile the way you want without worrying about the embarrassment of missing teeth or wearing a denture, and stay socially active.
To get a dental implant, however, you have to be eligible for it. There are basic requirements that guarantee the success dental implants and the dentist will consider them before going ahead with the procedure.
The quality of the available bone at the site of the implant is the most significant of these factors. The titanium dental implant needs to fuse properly with the bone at the site in order to ensure the durability of the implant, and the quality of the available bone influences this. If you have enough quality bone to sustain the process, medically referred to as osseointegration, the implant will become a permanent structure in your mouth.
Bone loss normally follows tooth loss, which is why it is advisable to consider dental implant immediately after you experience tooth loss. If you wait too long, your eligibility for dental implant decreases as the quality of bone in the site will begin to decline. There are also some areas where the bone structure is thinner and therefore, more likely to experience rapid bone loss such as the those on the upper jaw. Dental implant in such areas is more challenging if not done promptly.
If you have experienced bone loss, it doesn’t automatically mean that you cannot get a dental implant. There are some preliminary procedures that may be recommended to get you eligible. A bone graft procedure, which involves adding bone particles to an area, can be done to supplement bone at the site and get you ready.
There are some other conditions that can also affect your eligibility for a dental implant. If you are a smoker, for instance, the chances of a successful dental implant is significantly reduced. You may be required to abstain from smoking for a given period of time before the procedure is performed.
There are some medical conditions that will also make you less suitable for dental implant. Blood clotting disorders, head and neck cancers, and immune disorders are some of the conditions that can also affect the chances of success with the procedure. You also need to be above 18 to be considered for a dental implant procedure, as the bone tissue of those under 18 may not be fully developed.
Dental implant offers several tremendous benefits. It is an important procedure and will only be carried out if you are truly a candidate for it. Contact our experienced team of dentists today to see if you will need any advance surgery before having your dental implants placed.