Are You a Good Candidate for a Dental Implant Procedure?
Dental implants are an excellent replacement method for almost anyone who has lost a tooth. Implants offer the most natural look and feel of any tooth replacement available. Most people will find that they are good candidates for implants. If you would like to learn more about the dental implant procedure,
schedule a consultation with Dr. William Walden. Dr. Walden can help you to determine whether implants are the right tooth replacement method for you. Your consultation may include:
• An evaluation of your teeth and gums
• X-rays or CT scan to examine bone and nerve health
• Review of your medical and dental history
• Discussion of the goals you have for your smile and dental health
Determining Eligibility for a Dental Implant Procedure
Dr. Walden will examine your mouth, evaluating the health of your teeth, gums, and bone. Good candidates for tooth replacement have healthy gum tissue and high bone density levels. Sufficient bone is critical for the successful placement of your dental implants. However, patients with low bone volume can undergo bone grafting procedures to prepare for tooth replacement surgery.
When gums are infected with the bacteria that cause gum disease, Dr. Walden may recommend treatment with localized antibiotic therapy, scaling and root planing, or gum surgery to prepare the oral environment for surgical tooth replacement.
If you smoke or use chewing tobacco, Dr. Walden will suggest that you stop before the tooth replacement surgery. Tobacco usage increases the formation of plaque in your mouth, encouraging the development of periodontal disease.
Age and Tooth Replacement with Dental Implants
Age can affect eligibility for dental implants, but not in the way you might expect. Seniors are generally ideal candidates for tooth replacement. Teens and young adults, however, are not. Due to the fact that the jaw bone is still growing throughout the late teen years, permanent tooth replacement is not performed in adolescents.
Dental implants have become the preferred method of replacing missing teeth in adults. For your personalized dental implant consultation in Chandler, AZ
, contact Dr. Walden today.