Am I a Good Candidate for Dental Implants?
While dental implants can be a highly beneficial procedure for those in need of a tooth replacement, not everyone is a good candidate. When a patient visits Fawcett Center for Dentistry, Dr. Wayde Fawcett conducts an examination to determine if the odds of achieving favorable results are likely. He says that since dental implants require oral surgery, there are several factors that contribute to whether a patient is an ideal candidate or not.
First, a patient must be in reasonably good physical and oral health. If they have any oral problems, these will need to be treated before the implant process begins. The patient must also have a fully developed jawbone with adequate bone to support the implant. If this is not the case, the titanium post may not have a secure base to fuse with, which can increase the potential of a failed implant.
Additionally, patients should avoid smoking since tobacco use can complicate the healing process and increase the likelihood of developing gum disease. Finally, it is important that patients are not currently undergoing cancer treatment such as radiation or chemotherapy, as this can make them vulnerable to infection.
Although there are many factors that come into play for dental implant candidacy, Dr. Fawcett strives to work with patients to make the advanced tooth replacement a reality. Should a patient not prove to be eligible for the procedure, Dr. Fawcett will help them find alternative options that can still help them reach their goals.
For additional questions, feel free to look through our Dental Implants FAQ page, or contact our office to schedule an appointment with Dr. Fawcett.