Who Is a Candidate?
We are big fans of implants, because of what they do for patients. With implants, we are able to give our patients a way to improve their smiles, and the implants can change our patients’ lives as well as maintain their face shapes. One of the most rewarding things that we do in our dental practice is to restore their smiles for them, because to be able to smile is a life changing event. Implants are one of the best ways that we can save your smile and your jaw. While we love implants and we think they are amazing. However, not all of our patients are great candidates for implants. Do you have questions about whether or not you would make a good candidate for implants? Fay Periodontal Associates can give you information on whether you would make a good candidate for implants.
What Are Dental Implants?
When you think of implants, you might think of artificial legs or hands. You might also think of an object, such as a cochlear implant, that people use to help combat hearing loss. In this case, implants are prosthetic teeth with metal screws that can be screwed into your mouth. The screw anchors into your jaw, and a prosthetic tooth is placed on the top of the screw. We can use implants to give patients a new set of teeth. We could replace one tooth or several teeth, as well as all of your teeth. With implants, we can help our patients who lose their teeth all at one time, as well as our patients who lose their teeth gradually because of tooth decay or gum disease.
Are There Different Kinds of Dental Implants?
There are two different kinds of dental implants that we use for our patients. One type is the endosteal implants. We use these implants to place screws through your gums and into your jawbone. This type of implant mimics your regular teeth because the tooth root attaches to your jawbone. After we screw the screw into place in your jawbone, and it heals, we can place the prosthetic tooth on top. Endosteal implants are a permanent solution to tooth loss. We can use implants to give patients options besides bridges or partial dentures.
The other kind of implant available is called subperiosteal implants. Instead of being screwed into your jaw, they are placed on top of your jaw. Subperiosteal implants are used with patients who don’t have sufficient bone mass for a traditional implant.
Am I A Good Candidate?
We have to make sure that you are a good candidate for implants before we do the procedure. We first need to ask about your medical history, because implants require you to be in good overall health. People with chronic conditions, such as people who are on blood thinners may not be good candidates for implants. You also need to be in good oral health, which means that if you have severe gum disease, we will need to treat the gum disease first before we can do implants.
If we find out that you are not a good candidate for implants, the good news is that we can work to make you a better candidate for implants, by helping you improve your oral health as well as your overall health. If you’re not sure whether you would be a good candidate for implants, we can help. Give Fay Periodontal Associates a call at (913) 268-9300.