Dental implants are a very popular procedure to replace missing teeth. A dental implant looks and functions just like a natural tooth, giving people back the full appearance and health of their smile.
But that’s not the only reason why dental implants are so popular. One of the major benefits of this procedure is that most people are actually good candidates to get a dental implant. If you are in generally good health and have missing teeth, then it’s likely you will be cleared for getting dental implants.
However, “most” doesn’t mean “all”. So let’s take a closer look at what issues that could delay a dental implant procedure:
Gum disease can impact dental implants the same way it does natural teeth. As the gums recede, the teeth or implants loosen and put you at risk of tooth loss or implant failure.
As a result, you will first need to address your gum disease and heal this tissue to be cleared for dental implant surgery.
If you’ve been dealing with missing teeth for a long time, then bone mass loss is likely an issue. The tooth’s root helps get blood flow to the jaw and stimulates it every time you chew your food. Without this stimulation, unfortunately, your jaw does not get its vital nutrients, and every time the mass can reduce tremendously.
As a result, you may need a bone graft surgery before you can receive an implant, to restore bone mass.
If you’ve received or are receiving radiotherapy treatment, especially in the face/neck area, then unfortunately dental implant surgery might not be a good option for you. This treatment also affects jaw bone mass.
Elderly patients, children, and teenagers are usually not good candidates for dental implant surgery. For the younger patients, since their teeth are still developing, it’s best to wait until their jaw fully grows and can support a dental implant.
While some elderly patients can get dental implants, it’s really important to screen their health and make sure they can withstand such a surgery.
If you’re one of the few people who can’t be cleared for dental implant surgery, there are still many different options to restore your smile and address your missing teeth!
The best way to know for sure is to see Dr. Mary Qian for a consultation. She will review your medical history and oral health and determine the best course of action to restore both the look and function of your smile.
Ready to get started? Then book an appointment at Mary Qian Dental Group online and let’s see if dental implants are for you.
For more questions about our services, simply call our team directly at (650) 327-3172.