Are you missing one or more teeth and tired of dealing with dentures, partials, or bridges? If so, you may be a great candidate for dental implants. To be a good candidate for dental implants, you must have good oral and general health, healthy gum tissues, and sufficient bone density in the jaw to support the implant. The perfect candidate for an implant is good oral and general health. Adequate jaw bone is needed to support a dental implant, and ideal candidates have healthy gum tissues free of periodontal disease.
The implants are connected to the underlying tissues of the bones and gums in the mouth. Successful implantation begins with a thorough assessment of your jaw, teeth, mouth, and overall health. You will have an x-ray of your mouth and, possibly, a computed tomography (CT) scan. This will help us identify areas of bone loss and carefully see the shape of the sinuses and the location of the nerves to make accurate evaluations for your treatment.
We will also conduct a thorough medical evaluation, as your general health and history play an important role in healing and fusing your implant to bone. The ideal candidate has no active periodontal disease and maintains good oral health care. To be a good candidate for dental implants, you must be free of periodontal disease. Gum disease can cause infections during the dental procedure and cause problems with dental implant placement; however, Dr.
Johnson and his staff can help you regain good oral health. If you've been diagnosed with periodontal disease, you'll need to come in for a deep clean. We'll clean the right side of your mouth and then you'll come back for treatment on your left side. In 6-8 weeks, you will return for a new evaluation.
With periodontal disease, you will come every 3-4 months for cleaning instead of the usual 6 months. If you maintain good oral health, you may qualify to receive dental implants. Advances in bone diagnosis and reconstruction, including bone grafting, have allowed most patients to successfully receive implants. You must have a strong, healthy jaw and gums for dental implants to be a viable dental replacement option for you. Having healthy gums is essential because specialists must work closely with the gums during the procedure.
Therefore, patients who have gum infections such as gingivitis or periodontal disease would not be ideal candidates.