Who is a Candidate?
Tooth loss is a serious issue that impacts every aspect of your life. Whether you lose a single tooth or several teeth, missing teeth leads to difficulty eating and speaking. Your smile deteriorates, which can significantly affect your confidence. Additionally, tooth loss leads to bone loss in your jaw. This bone loss alters the shape of your jaw, throwing off your bite. Dental implants are a highly popular treatment for replacing missing teeth that use small titanium posts to support your dental restorations. The posts are surgically implanted into your jawbone. While dental implants have a very high success rate, it is still important to determine if it is the right treatment for you. Susquehanna Oral and Facial Surgery and Dental Implant Center is here to help.
You Have Suffered Tooth Loss
Tooth loss has many causes. You may lose teeth as a result of gum disease, facial trauma, or other issues. Sometimes teeth fall out on their own, and sometimes they need to be extracted. Regardless of how a tooth is lost, dental implants can provide you with a long-term solution whether you are missing a single tooth or you are missing many.
Your Health is GoodDental implants are surgically placed into your jawbone. This surgery requires incisions in your gums and holes drilled into the bone. To undergo surgery, you need to be in good health. During your initial consultation, we perform a thorough oral exam and go over your medical history. Oral health issues such as gum disease need to be treated before getting implants. Chronic health issues need to be under control. Any type of infection or other health concerns can increase your risk for complications, both during surgery as well as during recovery.
You Do Not Smoke or DrinkTobacco products and alcohol do not disqualify you from getting dental implants, but they can cause serious issues. Tobacco and alcohol can interfere with the ability of your body to heal properly after implant surgery. Tobacco limits oxygen in your blood and slows blood flow. Excessive alcohol consumption can prevent your blood from clotting properly. These habits can greatly slow the ability of your body to heal, which can greatly increase your risk of developing an infection.
Your Jawbone is in Good ConditionDental implants are placed directly into your jawbone. As you heal from surgery, your bone fuses to the posts in a natural process called osseointegration. This process turns the posts into stable roots that hold your dental restorations securely in place. However, following tooth loss, your jaw begins to lose bone mass. Too little bone mass means that your jawbone may not be able to fuse properly, or at all. This can result in implants that are loose, or that may fail altogether. If your jawbone is determined to be too weak during your initial consultation, we may discuss options such as a bone graft to help restore strength to the jaw to increase the success of your implants.
Does Age Matter?You are never too old to enjoy the incredible benefits that dental implants have to offer. No matter if you are in your 30s or your 70s, you may be a good candidate for dental implants so long as you meet other requirements. Just because you are in your senior years, that does not mean that your only option for replacing missing teeth is dentures. We can help you to determine if implants are the right solution for you.
If you have suffered tooth loss, dental implants can help to give you back your quality of life. Call Susquehanna Oral and Facial Surgery and Dental Implant Center today at (570) 323-1900 to find out if they are the right treatment for you.