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5 Qualities of a Dental Implant Candidate

January 13, 2024

Filed under: Uncategorized — edfamilydental @ 11:11 pm

Dentist discussing dental implant with patientBridges, partials, and dentures have been a trusted solution for tooth loss for decades. However, there’s another option to fill the gaps in your smile. A dental implant is the only treatment to replace both the tooth root and the crown. This provides unmatched benefits that aren’t possible using other treatments. 500,000 Americans every year are making the switch, but are they right for you? Here are 5 qualities of an ideal dental implant candidate. 

1. One or More Missing Teeth

Whether you’re missing one tooth, several teeth, or all of them, dental implants may be right for you. A single tooth is replaced using an implant post, an abutment, and a restoration such as a dental crown. A bridge can be anchored in place using 1-2 dental implants. You can treat an entire arch of lost teeth by supporting your denture with 4 to 10 posts.

2. Good Oral Health

You must have good oral health to receive and benefit from dental implants. Your dentist will examine your mouth and review a CT scan to look for anything concerning, like infections or bone loss. It’s not unusual to require a little prep work before getting dental implants, like tooth extractions or gum disease therapy.

3. Good Overall Health

Your dentist will learn more about your medical history, lifestyle habits, and any medications you are taking. You must have minimal risks for delayed healing or infections. If you have pre-existing conditions, you can be a candidate for dental implants, but your dentist may take a few precautions.

4. A Strong Jawbone

The long-term success of dental implants relies on your jawbone integrating with them through a process called osseointegration. However, tooth loss causes your jaw to deteriorate because it isn’t being stimulated by the root. A CT scan of your oral structures will show if your jawbone is healthy. If you’ve experienced bone loss, you may require bone grafting before your implant placement surgery.

5. Good Oral Hygiene Habits

Dental implants have over a 95% success rate and are proven to last for decades with the correct care. Your oral hygiene habits will influence the lifespan of your new smile. You must commit to brushing your teeth at least twice daily and flossing every night. Visit your dentist every 6 months for a cleaning and checkup.

About Dr. Eduart ShkurtiDr. Shkurti earned his dental degree from the University of Southern California and has regularly continued his education to provide advanced services, like general dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, and dental implants. He is a member of the American Dental Association and many other professional organizations. Contact his office at (646) 713-0132 to schedule an appointment.

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