Am I a Candidate for Dental Implants?

Dental implants have become a great alternative to bridges or other more temporary solutions. They look and feel natural, so it’s no wonder that our patients want to know if they are candidates for this type of oral prosthetic. If you’re curious about whether or not you are eligible for dental implants, this article is for you! This week we are going to explore what makes a good candidate and why.

Healthy Gums

Your gums are the environment that your implant is going to be living in. Periodontal disease can greatly affect the stability of that environment. Implants can be significantly less effective if the gums are deteriorating from bacteria. Furthermore, the implants can open up the gums and the entire mouth to infection. 

Sufficient Bone

Our bones naturally shrink with age, some faster than others. Because the implants are dependant on successfully anchoring into the bone, they need enough width to stay put. In some cases, bone loss can be remedied by special procedures. Check with your denturist to see if you may be a candidate for implants even with significant bone loss. 

Consistent Commitment

While the other two factors on this list combine genetics and other factors, this final one is entirely dependant on your desire to maintain a healthy mouth. Just like your natural teeth, your implant won’t do well if it is neglected. This means taking a proactive approach when it comes to your oral health. Brush and floss regularly in addition to attending your scheduled denturist appointments.
There are some patients who have conditions where implants simply aren’t possible. These include, but are not limited to,  people who are pregnant, heavy smokers, hemophiliacs, or those who suffer from connective tissue diseases. A consultation with your local Calgary denturist will help determine if you are a candidate for dental implants.