Dental implants provide patients with a strong, long-lasting solution for missing teeth. For qualified candidates, they are often a much lower-maintenance solution than bridges or dentures would be. Not everyone is a qualified candidate for the procedure, and it takes a screening to know for sure. For patients seeking dental implants in Chandler, AZ, Dr. William Walden has developed a convenient set of pre-screening criteria can help with the decision to schedule a screening.
How Dental Implants Work
Whether the implant is designed for a single missing tooth or a larger array of them, dental implants work the same way. The implant is anchored to the jawbone with titanium rods, providing the best possible stability and lifespan. This is done surgically, and it does require that the patient be healthy enough to undergo the procedure.
Criteria for Candidates
Patients looking for implants in the Chandler, AZ area should review this list of criteria, to help them understand their likelihood of being a candidate for the procedure:
· Patients need to be free of active infections (including gum disease) and in general good health. This is a general requirement of most elective surgeries.
· The patient’s bone density and mass must both be able to support the titanium anchors the implants rely on.
· The patient needs to be able to set aside the recommended recovery time to properly heal from the procedure.
These are the easiest ways to tell if an individual is likely to benefit from a more detailed examination, and that examination is the only way to know for sure whether a patient is a candidate for dental implants. Patients looking for dental implants in Chandler, AZ are encouraged to schedule an examination with Dr. Walden if they fit all three criteria. You can reach our office at (480) 346-7989 for more information or to schedule an appointment.