Am I a Good Candidate for Dental Implants?

Dental Implants are an effective way to replace missing teeth. We can use one implant to restore a single lost or congenitally missing tooth, or several implants to help with any combination of fixed bridges or removable/fixed dentures. The experience of having dental implants is very similar to having natural teeth. They are brushed and flossed, and allow you to eat, speak, giving you more confidence.

It’s estimated that 125 million Americans are missing at least one tooth. If you are one of those people, you may be wondering if you are a good candidate for dental implants. Most people are, but here is a list of some considerations.

Factors required for dental implants:

  • Healthy gums
  • Jawbones that have stopped growing
  • Bone height to support the implant
  • Enough space for the implant to be placed

All of these requirements are important as artificial tooth roots are added permanently into the jaw. In order to provide our patients with strong implants, sometimes it’s necessary to perform pre-implant surgeries to maximize bone support. These include socket preservation/reconstruction, guided bone regeneration, and sinus augmentation.

Our patients also need to have other risk factors identified in order to have the best results. Unmanaged diabetes, cancer, ongoing radiation to the jaws, smoking and tobacco use, alcoholism, or uncontrolled gum disease are all risk factors that can adversely affect your outcome. Patients on medications that suppress the immune system may also have difficulty in properly healing from the surgery.

Dr. Steven Lieber summarizes, "Our Periodontal Health Center team can determine if you are a good candidate for implants because you do need to have healthy gums and enough bone height in order to secure the implant and there needs to be enough space. We are ready to assist you with a new healthy and confident smile." Get started today in Tampa or New Port Richey, FL.