Who is a Candidate for Dental Implants?
Winston-Salem & Greensboro, NC
You may have heard a lot of great things about dental implants. We really can’t say enough good things about them. Implants have really revolutionized the way we can help patients regain teeth that they lost previously. It doesn’t matter if you lost your teeth all at once, or gradually over time- or whether you have lost one tooth, several teeth, or all of your teeth at one time. Implants may be the solution. While the news is all good about dental implants, we have to say that not everyone makes a good candidate for dental implants. If you’re not sure whether or not you’d make a good candidate for dental implants, let Eric J. Sadler, DDS & Associates give you more information about implants, and what a good candidate looks like.
What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants allow us to put prosthetic (or artificial) teeth permanently in your mouth. Unlike dentures, you don’t remove implants nightly. Implants usually have two parts. The first part is a prosthetic tooth, usually made from porcelain. The second part is a metal screw. It’s this metal screw that takes the place of your tooth root. The screw is actually implanted into your jaw and anchors your new tooth into your jawbone. With implants, we can replace one tooth, several teeth, or all of your teeth at one time. Whether you have lost teeth because of tooth decay, gum disease, accident or injury, you could be a candidate for implants.
Is There More Than One Kind of Dental Implants?
There is more than one way to do an implant. Most practices do implants one of two ways. Endosteal implants are the most common implant we do. For an endosteal implant, a cylinder or a screw is screwed into your jawbone through your gumline. We then place a prosthetic tooth on top of the screw or cylinder. We love endosteal implants because they are so versatile. We can replace one tooth, several teeth, or a whole set of teeth using endosteal implants.
We also use another kind of implant called a subperiosteal implant. We place subperiosteal implants on top of the gumline instead of screwing it into the bone. With a subperiosteal implant, the implant posts do go into the gumline, but not as far as the endosteal implant. These implants are used for patients who do not have as much bone in their jaw as a typical patient and need a different kind of implant.
How Do I Know If I Am a Good Candidate?
To figure out whether a patient would be a good candidate for a dental implant procedure, we use several different factors to make our decision. First, you need to be in good general health. Dental procedures are easier to perform if your overall health is good. Your health doesn’t have to be perfect, but if you’re in good condition, the implant procedure is easier. You also need to have good oral health. If you have gum disease, that has to be treated before we can do implants. We’ll check your jawbone to see if you have enough bone mass to support an implant. If your jawbone isn’t strong enough, we can do a bone graft procedure first, to prepare you for an implant. If you want some advice on whether or not you’d make a good candidate for implants, give Eric J. Sadler, DDS & Associates a call at (336) 331-5271.