Am I a Candidate for Implant Dentistry?
Are you missing teeth and dreaming of that complete and perfect smile? Dental implants are the most advanced way to achieve a true-to-life smile. Many people wonder if they are candidates and can benefit from the countless advantages of implant dentistry. Good news! If you are missing teeth, there is a good chance that you are a candidate for implant dentistry. Some of the only factors that may disqualify you from obtaining a perfect smile with implant dentistry include:
Whole Body Disease | Patients who are suffering from uncontrolled diabetes, cancer, or other whole body health problems are probably not good candidates for implant dentistry. The disease itself as well as the care required to monitor the disease may prevent dental implants from working correctly.
Gum Disease | Of course, if you have uncontrolled gum disease (also known as periodontal disease) you may not qualify for dental implants. In this case, the implants may not properly fuse to the jawbone.
Substance Abuse | If you are struggling with smoking or alcoholism, your mouth may not be strong enough for the surgery that implant dentistry requires. Tell Dr. Wurtzel about all of the medications you are taking, whether they are prescribed, herbal, or over-the-counter.
Age | For the most part, individuals of any age who are missing teeth can choose implant dentistry, except for patients who are particularly young. If the jawbone has not finished growing, there are still shifts and changes to come, and it is best to leave dental implants out of that equation.
The only way to find out if implant dentistry is right for you is to visit Dr. Wurtzel. He will complete a detailed assessment of your teeth, gums, and jawbone to determine whether or not you are a good candidate for implant dentistry. He will use x-rays and computer imaging to learn more about the state and health of your mouth. Chances are, dental implants are a smart route for you to achieve a perfect smile.