Who Is a Candidate?
Sun City West, AZ
Despite advancements in dental care, many people still suffer from tooth loss. While there are a myriad of reasons why this can happen, it is primarily due to advanced dental diseases (such as cavities and gum disease), injury, and even genetic factors. In the past, dentists used dentures and bridges as a replacement for missing teeth. However, thanks to advancements in dental technology, there are other better permanent options available, such as dental implants, for people with missing teeth. Many patients are ideal candidates for dental implants, and at we are more than happy to help guide you through this process to determine if you could benefit from them.
What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are the preferred long-term remedy for missing teeth. A dental implant is a small titanium screw, which serves as the root of a tooth. This titanium implant is then topped with a toothlike restoration, which is the crown. For many patients, getting a dental implant has become a fairly straightforward process, even in severe cases where there is little bone left. The cost of dental implants vary depending on each individual procedure.
Who Is the Ideal Candidate for a Dental Implant?
A person’s general health is a crucial deciding factor, as some conditions may affect the implants’ ability to integrate perfectly with the jawbone. Conditions like diabetes, cancer, and some types of periodontal disease can slow down the healing process. This means you do need to be in good health to be able to be a good candidate for the procedure.
Furthermore, dental implants can only be placed in bone that has matured or stopped growing. This means that only adults and teenagers over the age of 18 may qualify for this treatment. You can also have a dental implant if you have either one or more missing teeth, your oral tissue is healthy, and you do not wish to have conventional dentures.
Many patients are ideal candidates for a dental implant, as long as they have enough bone to support it. If not, a bone graft may be available to help them complete the process. Dental implants are a fantastic option if you want to improve your self-esteem and improve your smile.
However, please note that dental implants are not for patients who use tobacco products. This is because tobacco can delay healing. Our team of professionals will ask you questions concerning your medical history before recommending and placing dental implants.
Having a missing tooth can cause more harm to the jaw and surrounding teeth. The bone in your jaw supports your teeth. Therefore, when your teeth are not supported, the jawbone starts to recede and damages the surrounding teeth as it moves and breaks down.
Not only do dental implants improve patients’ self-esteem, but they are also easy to clean, as well. They also look like normal teeth. Dental implants help in maintaining the bone around the implant, function like your real teeth, and help improve your ability to speak clearly.
If you would like to know whether you are a candidate for a dental implant or not, please contact our team at by calling us at (623) 738-2639 today. We can help schedule you an appointment at our office and answer any questions you may have about this safe and reliable procedure.