When you are missing one or more teeth, choosing dental implants over a removable denture or partial is often the best option. Dental implants are a permanent solution to tooth loss, look more natural than their temporary counterparts, and protect your surrounding teeth from damage. But not every individual is a good candidate for dental implants. If you are missing one or more teeth, your first step should be finding out if you are a good candidate for implant dentistry.
Requirements for Dental Implants
Dr. Patti Swaintek-Lamb will only recommend dental implants if she is confident that you have a good likelihood for success. The outcome of the implant surgery usually depends on:
- Having sufficient jaw bone quantity and density
- Having healthy surrounding teeth and gums (no periodontal disease)
- Having good overall health
- Being an adult
- Being a non-smoker
- Needing to replace a missing tooth or teeth
It is important for you to be in good overall health, as smoking and certain chronic illnesses make it difficult for your jaw bone and gums to heal properly after dental implant surgery. However, patients with diabetes or high blood pressure are still often good candidates for implant dentistry. If you have a chronic illness, make sure our dentists are aware of your condition before you begin any procedure.
You must also be a fully grown adult because children or adolescents whose jaw bones are still growing may experience difficulty if a dental implant has been placed too early in life.
Regaining Gum and Bone Health before Implant Placement
If you are currently suffering from periodontal disease or have too little jaw bone density, you may still be able to enjoy the advantages of dental implants. Undergoing treatment to reverse the effects of gum disease or having a bone marrow transplant can return your jaw bone and gum tissue to the healthy state it must be in before implant dentistry can be performed. Different types of implants may also be used if you do not have enough bone structure to support a traditional single-post implant.
Once we have determined that you are a good candidate for dental implants, we will provide you with a recommendation to an experienced oral or maxillofacial surgeon, who will place the titanium implants in your jaw bone. After your healthy bone and gum tissue has healed and made the implant stable, we will place your new dental crown, bridge, or denture in our office.
You can only find out if you are a good candidate for dental implants by meeting with an experienced implant dentist. To schedule your consultation or to ask questions about dental implants, please call (800) 672-8518 or contact our implant dentist online. We welcome patients from Bernardsville, Morristown, Basking Ridge, Mendham, Chester, Far Hills and surrounding areas in New Jersey.