Candidacy for Dental Implants
Is your missing tooth causing you difficulty eating and destroying your confidence when you talk to other people? If so, a dental implant is a popular way to restore your smile and your bite in a beautiful and natural-looking way. Dental implants are false teeth attached to titanium posts that are inserted directly into your jaw bone just like the roots of your natural teeth. Dental implants look and perform like natural teeth, and some can even be placed in a single day.
However, to be considered a good candidate for dental implants you must meet several requirements that will increase the likelihood that your dental implant procedure will be successful.
You must not be a smoker. Because smoking is detrimental to the growth of new tissue, a person who smokes is not considered a good candidate for dental implants. Smoking inhibits blood flow and can cause tissue necrosis, or the death of tissue in a healing surgical site, so you should quit smoking before any type of surgical procedure. Where dental implants are concerned, a smoker is less likely to be able to produce the healthy bone and gum tissue required to hold the dental implant securely in place, making him or her a poor candidate for implant dentistry.
You must have enough healthy jaw bone and gum tissue. If your jaw has too little bone, it will not be able to adequately support your dental implant. However, some patients can undergo a bone graft to gain enough healthy bone tissue to become a good candidate for dental implants. Additionally, you must have healthy gum tissue that can protect the dental implant and your jaw bone from damage or infection. Without either sufficient healthy jaw bone tissue or gum tissue you will not be considered a good candidate for dental implants.
You must have overall good health. Individuals with uncontrolled diabetes and other types of illness are not considered good candidates for dental implants. You must meet the health requirements for any type of surgery to be considered a good candidate for dental implants. If you are suffering from poor health or a condition that is a contraindication for surgery, Dr. Quigless may recommend a different type of tooth replacement.
You must be an adult. Because children’s bones are still growing and changing, children are not considered good candidates for dental implants. Once a young adult has stopped growing, he or she may be considered a candidate for dental implants as long as the other requirements are also met.
Please contact implant dentist Dr. Kirk Quigless today if you are interested in finding out if you are a good candidate for dental implants and are in the Saint Louis, Brentwood, or Belleville areas of Missouri.
8083 Manchester Rd.
St. Louis, MO 63144