If you are missing one or more teeth, or have teeth that need to be extracted and would like to replace them with dental implants, chances are you're in luck. Most people can receive dental implants, and many can receive immediate load implants which speed the transition from empty gums to bright new teeth. While there are some conditions necessary to receive implants, these conditions are simple and most people meet them already, or can receive treatment to prepare them. Below are some of the guidelines we use to determine your suitability for dental implants.
In order to receive a dental implant, you must have enough gum and bone tissue at the site of the implant to support it. Both natural teeth and implants rely on these structures to keep them in place and maintain their health. Many patients who have lost teeth have also lost bone mass, but this can be corrected with bone grafts to rebuild the affected area. In most cases, there are treatment options available even if the implant site isn't strong enough already.
To keep surgical sites healthy during recovery, and to ensure the long-term success of an implant, you must already have established good dental hygiene, and must be willing to commit to the extra care that an implant requires. Improper care increases the chances that your body will reject the implant, and can put you at risk for infection in the surgical site. This is especially true if you have a history of tooth decay or gum disease. Any ongoing infection will have to be treated before dental implants are an option. Any other conditions which threaten the health of your teeth, such as bruxism, should be discussed with periodontist Dr. Karl A. Rose during your consultation, as these can also affect the viability of an implant.
Dental implants are not a suitable treatment for children or adolescents due to their still-developing jawbones. Not only could future growth in the jaw change the alignment of an implant, but the implant itself might cause abnormalities in the jaw's future development. Dental implants are only given to adults whose jaws are fully formed and ready for the procedure.
Because dental implants require surgery, any condition which causes complications during surgery might make the procedure inadvisable. Conditions such as hemophilia, connective tissue diseases, diabetes which is not under proper control, or a compromised immune system can all cause problems if they are severe enough. Pregnancy is also a reason to forgo dental implants, at least until after childbirth; unnecessary medical procedures aren't recommended for pregnant patients.
The final decision about your candidacy for implants will always rest with your surgeon. If you have doubts, Washington DC Periodontist Dr. Karl A. Rose is ready to hear your concerns, and will help you choose the course that is right for you. Dental implants are almost always an option; the only question is whether they're the option you want. Contact Dr. Rose's office today to schedule a consultation.