Are You A Candidate?

[header type=”h1″]Am I a Dental Implants Candidate?[/header]

One feature that makes dental implants unique is the way they integrate with the jawbone through the organic and biological process of osseointegration. Its assimilation into the oral anatomy helps the implant perform its function as an artificial tooth root, capable of holding one or more natural-looking dental prostheses. However, given the way implants work, patients must meet certain requirements before they can be considered candidates for the treatment. Those not yet ready for dental implants can become candidates by first opting for one or more supplemental procedures, such as a bone graft or a soft tissue augmentation.

It’s important to keep in mind that only an implant provider, like Dr. Lockwood, can accurately gauge your candidacy for dental implants and we encourage you to contact us to ask our friendly staff whether this treatment is right for you.

What Makes a Good Dental Implants Candidate

During the initial consultation with Dr. Lockwood, he will conduct a comprehensive review of your oral health to determine your candidacy for the procedure. To give you an idea of your eligibility, here are some things to keep in mind:

  1. Patients should be in good oral and overall health.
  2. While patients of all ages are eligible, children are usually ineligible because their teeth are still in a process of change.
  3. Smoking can put the success of the dental implants procedure at risk, although this alone doesn’t make one ineligible.
  4. If you suffer from bone loss or gum recession you may still be eligible, although Dr. Lockwood may recommend a supplemental procedure to help bring the jaw and the gums to full health.
  5. If you currently wear removable dentures, dental implants are a great alternative solution that provide more benefits and do away with many of the disadvantages to dentures.

Supplemental Procedures

Since the success of the dental implants procedure is in large part determined by how well the implant integrates with the underlying bone structure, it’s important for the patient to have a jawbone of adequate bone density and volume. If the jaw doesn’t have sufficient bone tissue, the implant may not be able to properly anchor itself and it won’t be capable of supporting the weight of the dental prostheses. If you suffer from bone loss in the jaw you may nevertheless be eligible for dental implants following a bone graft. This procedure consists of transferring bone tissue from another source, typically another part of your body, and applying it to the deficient area. Via a bone graft, we can restore the strength to your jaw and prepare it for the dental implants treatment.

Another oral health problem that may require a supplemental procedure is gum recession. Similar to a jawbone deficiency, recessed gums can put the success of the implant procedure at risk. Through a soft tissue augmentation, also commonly referred to as a gum tissue graft, we can repair the gum line and restore much of the lost gum tissue.

Contact Our La Jolla, CA Office to Determine Your Candidacy

Candidacy for dental implants depends on a variety of factors and only a dental implants provider, such as Dr. Lockwood, can accurately determine your eligibility. If you are missing teeth or suffer from extensive tooth decay, contact us and schedule your no-obligation consultation today!