One of the amazing advances of dentistry, dental implants allow patients to have a natural look and feel, and can provide long term benefits for oral health. But not everyone is a good candidate for dental implants, so what could be an indicator that a patient may be eligible for this procedure?
Good Oral Health
Dentists may consider a patient’s overall oral health, and look at how they maintain that oral health. Dental implants are a process that can take time, several months or more, and knowing a patient is diligent in maintaining their oral health can be a sign that they are a good candidate for dental implants.
Good Bone Density
Although Dental implants can affect and even improve bone density in some cases, generally a dentist may want to see that the bone is healthy and able to support an implant. This may be a factor in determining whether or not the implant has a good chance of success. A Dentist may perform tests to determine whether or not bone density is the kind they’re looking for that could support a successful implant, and give an idea of whether or not a patient is a good candidate for dental implants.
Gum disease, if more advanced, can cause tooth loss, or affect bone density as well. A dentist may consider whether or not a patient is diligent about gum health, and willing to support good gum health before determining whether or not they are a good candidate for dental implants. A healthy mouth is an important factor in determining whether or not dental implants have a good chance for success.
Although these are general items many dentists may consider when discussing dental implants with a patient, nothing can replace the importance of a face to face consultation with a knowledgeable dentist to discuss your needs and situation. It is well known that being diligent in caring for our mouths can often prevent poor oral health.
Call our Cuero Dental Office to make an appointment with a dentist who may be able to help you find out more about this topic, and improve your oral health.