Who Makes Good Candidates for Dental Implants?
If you are missing one or more teeth or need your dentures stabilized, you may be a great candidate for dental implants. Dental implants are small, biocompatible posts placed into the jawbone to create an anchor for replacement teeth. An implant can be topped with a single crown, two implants can support a bridge, and four to six implants can secure a full denture. With proper oral health care, dental implants can last for life.
At Kleinheinz Dentistry in Charlotte, NC, Dr. Jeffrey S. Kleinheinz and Dr. Katrina Ashlin offer dental implant placement, as well as restoration. The entire procedure can be completed in our office.
Are you a candidate for dental implants?
Bridges, partials, and dentures are prosthetics that replace lost teeth, but they depend upon existing oral structures for support. A bridge, for instance, attaches to crowns placed over healthy teeth. While traditional prosthetics improve oral function and look more appealing than missing teeth, dental implants present an option that does not place stress on teeth or gums.
Lost teeth are not the only prerequisite for getting implants. Other requirements include:
- Dense jawbone tissue
- Good general health
- No dental clenching and grinding (bruxism)
- Ability to safely undergo oral surgery
- A commitment to practicing good oral health care
- Availability to attend multiple dental visits over one year
What conditions disqualify a patient from having implants?
In addition to meeting the criteria above, you also need to consider what could keep you from being a good dental implant candidate. These issues include, but are not limited to:
- Smoking/tobacco use
- Gum disease
- Certain medications
- Age since implants should not be placed in children
- Undergoing radiation therapy
- Untreated/uncontrolled diabetes
Can a person become eligible for implants?
Nearly everyone can become a dental implant candidate if the qualifications are met. Issues like gum disease, general health, smoking, diabetes, and radiation treatment can be addressed. Talk with Dr. Kleinheinz or Dr. Katrina Ashlin in our Charlotte, NC, dental office about how to correct these issues. Once your health and lifestyle change, you can become an implant candidate.
Here are a few examples of what our doctors may suggest:
- If your jawbone density is poor, a bone graft could improve your jaw health. Many people must undergo grafting prior to implant placement. Dr. Kleinheinz or Dr. Katrina Ashlin will discuss what the procedure involves and the next steps.
- Bruxism, the condition of grinding and clenching teeth, usually while sleeping, is also treatable. A nightguard, stress reduction practices, and/or TMJ treatment are a few ways dentists help patients overcome teeth grinding.
Do prerequisites for dental implants disqualify you? If so, with commitment and effort, most patients can change their eligibility. Set this goal, and our doctors will walk alongside you as you make changes to achieve it!
Call Today for Your Dental Implant Consultation
Though the nuts and bolts of dental care are set in place, each person’s health and lifestyle differ. Dr. Kleinheinz and Dr. Katrina Ashlin treats patients as individuals, so he will not only provide a comprehensive assessment to determine your eligibility for dental implants, but he’ll also talk with you about your personal journey.
There’s one thing you should remember: life with dental implants will give you more freedom to eat what you like, when you like, without embarrassment over oral function and appearance. Call Kleinheinz Dentistry today in Charlotte, NC, at (704) 542-6003, to schedule your consultation with Dr. Kleinheinz or Dr. Katrina Ashlin.