Who Is a Candidate for Dental Implants
Dental implants are surgically implanted medical devices that can modify a person’s jaw, appearance, and ability to chew. These implants are the base on which crowns, dentures, and bridges can be attached. A dental implant consists of an implant body, abutment, and a fixation screw. It is surgically fused to the jaw as the tooth’s root. Afterward, a porcelain tooth crown is fixed on top of the implant, giving it a more natural look.
People who are healthy overall are generally able to opt for this dental implant procedure. Our dental professionals will take a thorough history, perform an oral examination, and suggest an x-ray to assess your jawbone structure and density.
Who is a Candidate for Dental Implants?
An ideal candidate for dental implants is interested in replacing their missing teeth, has good oral health, understands the procedure, approves of the timeline, and is willing to undergo the oral treatment. Additionally, they need to fill the below-mentioned criterion.
People with Missing Teeth
A dental implant is a solution to replacing a missing tooth. In this process, a dental crown is attached to the implant’s abutment. Patients undergoing a tooth extraction, naturally losing their tooth, or losing one accidentally, are encouraged to get a dental implant. A fixed bridge or a partial denture does not offer the same benefits as a dental implant. It is more comfortable, durable, and prevents bone loss.
People with Multiple Missing Teeth
Dental implants are as beneficial for multiple missing teeth as for a single tooth. In the event of multiple missing teeth, the dentist will create and attach a dental bridge in their place. A full arch replacement will require a partial or complete denture attached to the implants for a full arch replacement. In comparison to traditional dentures, dental implants require fewer food restrictions and less aftercare. Switching to dental implants from dentures is a relief for most patients.
People with Good Gum and Bone Health
An ideal dental implant candidate must have good gum and bone health for a successful implant installation and long-term wear. Bone loss is usually followed by teeth loss. More often than not, patients require bone grafting before dental implant placement for viable and lasting implant success. The candidate must also be willing to maintain excellent oral health care to prevent implant failure.
People Who Understand and Accept the Long Procedure
An ideal candidate needs to understand the timeline for dental implant placement. They must realize that it takes four months to a year for complete installation and healing. Having dental implants is a long commitment. If the process requires bone grafting, the time can significantly increase. After the implant, gums require several months to heal, and it might be another few weeks before a new tooth can be crafted and installed.
Have Your Seen Your Dentist this Month?
At Beautiful Smiles, Dr. James Yang will examine you and describe the implant process in detail. Call us at (530) 206-9211 to schedule a consultation and discuss whether you’re the right candidate for dental implants.