Who Is a Candidate?
If you believe you can benefit from implants, you may wonder if you are the right candidate for this popular dental treatment. We, at Widner Elite Oral Surgery and Dental Implants, can help you improve your smile’s appearance and functionality in one or more ways. The following details will clue you in on what you can expect if you inquire further about implants.
Who Is, Typically, a Good Candidate for Implants?
We place implants to replace one tooth or several teeth. We can even use implants to replace all the teeth. Therefore, they can be used instead of dentures or bridges, which can damage adjacent restorations or teeth. If you have healthy gums and your jawbone has developed, you should have enough bone to support the implants. Even if the bone in your jaw has deteriorated because of age or missing teeth, we can perform a bone graft to modify the bone.
How Do You Determine Who Can or Cannot Receive Implants?
A successful implant starts with a complete assessment of the teeth, mouth, jaw, and overall dental health. Patients normally undergo a computed tomography (CT) scan and/or full mouth x-rays. Doing so will help us identify the areas where bone loss has occurred, review the location of the nerves, and check the shape of the sinuses.
In addition, dental imaging helps us make precise evaluations for treatment. We will also complete a complete medical assessment, as your current health and medical history will play a substantial role in how your implant will heal and integrate with the jawbone.
Which People Are Bad Candidates for Implants?
Again, we have to review a patient’s medical history to see if we can proceed with an implant procedure. People who have higher implant failures may be diabetic or may be undergoing treatments for cancer. Smokers or people who drink alcohol excessively may also be poor candidates. While we may still be able to perform an implant procedure in some of these cases, we will still need to work with your doctor to find out more about your health situation.
If you take steroids, or certain drugs that suppress immune system functioning, you may have to forego an implant procedure and look at another alternative. Anyone who grinds his or her teeth may have to find another way to improve their smile as well. Grinding or clenching the teeth places too much pressure on implants, which can lead to long-term damage.
How Long Does the Process Take?
To check further to see if you are a good candidate for implant surgery, you need to know how long the process takes and your level of tolerance. Usually, this dental procedure takes 30 to 60 minutes per implant and about two to three hours for more than one implant. Therefore, the time you spend in the dental chair will depend on how much you have to have done.
We numb the site with a local anesthetic so you will not experience extreme discomfort. The injection may also be used with a sedative to reduce your level of stress. A local anesthesia only lasts briefly and therefore does not render a patient unconscious like a general anesthesia does.
Would you like to know more about implants? If so, we can evaluate your dental and medical health to see if you are the right candidate. Give Widner Elite Oral Surgery and Dental Implants a call at (737) 309-4351 to find out further details today.