Are you a good candidate?

Crowns, bridges, and dentures are not the only options when replacing missing teeth. Dental implants offer the look and feel of natural teeth. Implants offer stability because they fuse to your bone. Integration of the implants into your jaw bone also helps the replacement teeth feel more natural and many people find this secure fit very comfortable.

Dental implants are an ideal option for people in good general oral health who have lost one or more teeth due to periodontal disease or an injury. Candidates for dental implants need to have healthy gums and adequate bone to support the implant. A thorough evaluation by your dentist will help determine whether dental implants are right for you.

Dental implants are actually more tooth-saving than traditional bridgework, since implants do not rely on neighboring teeth for support.  In a bridge, the teeth surrounding the site of the missing teeth must be shaved down and fitted with crowns.

Common Reasons for Implants

A common reason people consider implants is due to poor fit of their dentures, which causes difficulty in chewing and a fear of losing the dentures while talking or eating. The majority of patients treated with dental implants experience a significant improvement in their ability to chew food and they report that the implants are a far more comfortable alternative.

A good dental implant candidate should have the following:

  • Over-all good health
  • Healthy gums
  • Enough bone to anchor the implants in the jaw – A dentist can evaluate the bone structure and recommend treatment options.
  • Be committed to taking very good care of the implanted teeth and surrounding gums — Daily brushing and flossing are essential.
  • Regular dental check-ups.

Common Reasons Implants May Not Work

Most adults can be candidates for dental implants. However, smokers and those with uncontrolled chronic diseases or systemic problems may not be good candidates for this procedure. Smoking impedes healing in the mouth and can reduce the likelihood that implants will be successful. People with poorly controlled diabetes may not be good candidates for implants as well, due to healing problems of the gum tissue that can arise.

The First Step

Making the initial dental appointment is the first step in evaluating if dental implants are right for you.  Usually a prosthodontist, periodontist or an oral surgeon are the dentists to look for. There are a few general dentists with specialized training qualified to place implants. Check with each doctor to make sure of their specialization or their certification with implantology.

On the first appointment a full mouth exam will be completed with a complete medical and dental history. You’ll receive X-rays and possibly a CT scan, which will give the dentist a good idea of your bone density and the shape of your jaw. Finally, you’ll discuss the options available to you and be educated by the dental staff about the whole implant procedure. They’ll discuss if you’d be a good candidate for a dental implant. You must also commit to a meticulous oral hygiene regime with regular dental visits.

Finding out if you’re a good candidate for dental implants begins with a simple step. With motivation, care and willingness, dental implants can give the confidence and security to last a lifetime.

Summary

Implants are the latest dental technology for replacing the roots of lost teeth. They are used to support crowns, bridges, and dentures. Implants offer stability, comfort and a sense of freedom for those who have missing teeth and want to regain their smile back.

26 Responses to “Are Implants Right for You?”

What are the advantages and disadvantates of having an implant vs. a root canal and a new crown, vs. a bridge? What is the best long range prognosis?

Rita

Can this be used for elderly patients? 80 years plus in relatively good health. Some neuropathy. Controlled blood pressure.

Freda Howard

I have a t44 tooth which requires extraction. It originally had no cavity .Is an implant a good idea as i have a mental nerve that runs close to it. I have a cyst in my gum which could not be got at due to my tooth having calcium

paul lawrence

why don’t you give addresses or e-mail id of famous dentists who does implants regularly in different countries.

lakshmi

answer to Rita. Root canal with crown does not last forever. They can and do fail. Implant much more permenante but very costly and not generally covered by insurance.

Nicki Reber

Have had two implants several years ago. One came loose and just finished paying thru the nose for removal of old one and installation of replacement. Now the other one has come loose. I wear a mouthpiece at night, as my dentist says I grind my teeth. Isn’t it unusual for them to come loose, particularly both of them? Shouldn’t I expect a pretty good discount from the oral surgeon who did both and the first replacement?

L. Snyder

I need implant very badly because my bottom dentures will not stay in for very long. I have been told I have severve bone lost,can I still do the implants?

juanita

I have been referred to an oral surgeon to have implants done on tooth #8,9,10 by my general dentist and referred to a periodontist by the endodontist. How do I decide?

nicole

Bone grafting has been recommended because I have a loss of bone at #26. Since I already know I have osteoporsis, is it worth going through the long process with this knowledge?

Marlene

Hello Marlene I am interested in the point you made, please let me know what the answer is.

Thanks Angela

Angela

I understand that implants are a good option for missing teeth, however, what about if your teeth aren’t missing but are just in poor condition. Would it be better to just put porcelain crowns on the existing teeth rather than to have them pulled?

Tami

I am looking at an implant. I am’ a 51 year old female that has been on alendronate for over 5 years due to osteopenia. I have gone off the medicate for 6 weeks to prepare for this procedure. How long to I have to stay off it? What might the damage be to my bones while I am off it?

Liz Rice

Angela, I went for another opinion from a reputable clinic and was advised to go through with the process if I wanted a better way to chew on that side. No official from this web site responded. Marlene

Marlene

I had all my probably 16 almalgums removed about 13 years ago. Composite resin is known to last 10 yrs. Mine have been hanging in, some repaced, extensive dental work ahead to make teeth nealthy. I’m 54 now have MS ( reason for almalgum removal). I’d rather not be in a dental chair at say 65 on up for further composite replacing. Have no missing teeth and great bone and gum structure. Thank You Beth

Beth C. DeerChild

I have had an implant fail twice and a new doctor wants to try for a third time. I have had one successful implant. Do you think I should try a third time?

Norma F. Bartus

You need a better copy editor.
One glaring example: A “regime” is a ruling government.
The commitment should be to a regimen: a pattern or set of repetitive behavior.
On a more serious note, I’d like to see more information regarding the application of implant treatment in full mouth replacement. Also, it would be helpful to receive a general range of costs for implants. Question: Do most dental plans cover implants as an alternative to dentures or consider implant procedure as a “cosmetic” option.

Deeanna

Question for Nicki Reber: You’d made a comment about the cost of implants. If you wouldn’t mide sharing, will you give me an idea of approximately how much, per tooth(?), and if insurance helped at all?
Thanks!
My apologies for my correction directed to the site regarding the word “regime”, as I didn’t even end my question with a question mark! :-)

Deeanna

What about cost?

Gloria Lasco

i understand that timing is everything…would you cancel a trip to India in the middle of this procedure?????????? any insight would be appreciated.

deb h

can this be done with someone who had a sinus plasty recently? (2 implants) Also, they have to remove 5 good crowns to do this as I have a decayed tooth inder one of the crowns.

rita jones

my implant did not work the graft did not fuse and the implant never worked it cost me so far $4,200.00
for a failed implant not to say anything about the pain now the dentist wants to try again i went for a lot of money and pain for nothing all i see are how great they are i never here about the high falure rate my dentist says 95% good 5% fail i do not think so i think it failur rate is 50% or more implants should be stopped
and banned as falures the fda needs to look into this dentists are only looking to make money by the way the $4,200.00 does not included post and crown witch is $1,400 more this is for one tooth to the person who wants to know how much this costs $5,600 for one tooth in new york city

rocco

I am thinking of getting implants but I am scared who do I talk to ?

Carol

Bone grafting is an option for someone with insufficient bone mass to integrate an implant.

Catherine Shea, RN

I contacted a Dentist for the price of the Hybridge
implants. Was told would cost $ 19,000.00. I would have to take a mortgage on my house. Is this one of those deals where if you have to ask the price maybe you should not consider Hybridge.

Roger

i really need implants i had tooken my teeth out for a good reason and now i cant eat or even keep my dentures in my mouth i am 25 years old and i am tired of people saying mean things about me and i am tired of not eating food food and i am tired of feeling ugly and looking old is there a place near by me so i can get dental implants and is it insurance or what please help

amy thornburg

I Have bone loss in my lower jaw that is so severe that there is pain from a nerve. Can someone help me? am I hopeless for implants? I would greatly appreciate your comments and thank you.

Hedy Smith

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