Am I the Right Candidate for Dental Implants?

As with any type of medical procedure, there are sometimes reports of dentures not working for some people. This can lead many potential patients to believe that denture implants can “reject” someone in the same way that an organ transplant might “reject.” However, dentures do not require tissue matching or blood typing like other procedures might. Here are three factors that can impact the success of one’s dentures:

Patient Selection

There are times when a patient is not suitable for dental implants. These contraindications should never be guessed or assumed, as all of them are easy to spot for a medical professional. They include: Osteopathies and disorders of bone metabolism, liver disease, hyperthyroidism, connective tissue diseases and specific autoimmune diseases such as lupus, and high-dosage radiotherapy. Denture specialists need to be well versed in the cases where denture implants can be harmful, so that they can make informed decisions on behalf of their patients.

Practitioner Proficiency

Again, the onus here is on the denture specialist. Not only do they need to be aware of the conditions that can be contraindicated, they need to have a working knowledge of the entire denture implant process. From casting to procedure, it is vital that they have the finesse and experience required of this type of prosthetic. This is why it is so important to be aware of your denturist’s credentials and explore their patient reviews before you trust your mouth to them.

Regular Oral Hygiene

The last item on this list is directly related to you, the patient. It doesn’t matter how amazing your denturist is, if you don’t take care of your implant properly, you are directly impacting its chance at success. Daily cleaning will help your implant to properly fuse to the bone by lowering the risk of infection drastically. Furthermore, your soft tissue health tooth function must be evaluated periodically to ensure long-term success of the dental implant. Long story short: don’t miss your follow-up appointments.

Having dental implants done should never cause you any trouble. Don’t trust your oral health to luck. The above factors will almost certainly make or break your denture success. For questions on whether or not you are a candidate for dental implants, contact the experts at South Calgary Denture and Implant Clinic today!