Who Is a Candidate? Marlton NJ
One thing most everyone can agree upon is a great smile. It helps build confidence and it offers a great first impression. When patients suffer from tooth loss whether caused by disease, poor oral hygiene practices, or a traumatic injury, their appearance changes drastically.
The lack of supportive teeth behind cheeks and lips and make the face sag inward. Dental implants are a great artificial tooth solution but unfortunately, not everyone is a good candidate for the procedure. Risk factors can, unfortunately, keep some people from reaping the benefits of dental implants.
Those patients with a high level of overall medical health and good oral hygiene are considered good candidates. They require a specific amount of bone mass in order to successfully support the implants. They can be used for numerous dental applications. Contact us to find out if you're a good candidate. We're available at Periodontal Health Professionals.
Are Dental Implants Right for Me?
As mentioned, there are certain factors which can make a person a good or bad candidate. One of those factors is the age of the patient. If they are over the age of sixty, they may have decreased bone mass to support the implant. Any patient who has radiation treatment may also suffer from lower bone density too.
Any patient who has taken specific types of prescription medication might also suffer from lowered bone mass. Though it may seem out of the ordinary, those who have lowered estrogen levels or who might be post-menopausal are also not good candidates for the procedure. Patients with extensive gum disease, or who use tobacco, are not good candidates.
While the risk factors can make it less likely a patient will be a good candidate for dental implant surgery, it does not mean they will not be considered. It simply means that with those factors, certain considerations will have to be made for the procedure to be successful.
The last consideration which most patients fail to realize is the considerable cost. If a patient has both upper and lower jaw dental implants the cost can reach $40,000. This is too expensive for most patients to handle.
Other Dental Implant Options
If patients do not meet the requirements for traditional dental implants, there are other procedures which can benefit them and still offer an artificial tooth solution.
One of these options are mini-implants which are simply smaller versions of the traditional implant. They do not need as much bone mass due to their small size.
All-on-4@reg can be an option as well - because the implant posts are inserted at an angle and require only four implants total to be successful.
If none of the listed options will work, there are noninvasive options which might suit some patients well. Tooth-supported bridges can work but are attached to the remaining teeth. While this can work, it also can erode those teeth because it puts them under much greater stress than normal.
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For those thinking about getting dental implants, please come see us at Periodontal Health Professionals for more details. We are available by phone too at (856) 702-4340.