Who is a Candidate for Dental Implants?

While dental implants have been widely used for over two decades, advancements in implant placement and technology is making implants a viable treatment for even more of the population.  Implants are used to replace one or more missing teeth, and can even replace an entire arch of teeth.  Virtually anyone that is missing a tooth is a candidate for dental implants.

Recent Advances in Implant Placement:

  • Traditionally, implants placement involved surgery, in which the gum tissue had to be opened using a flap technique to expose the bone beneath.  Minimally invasive, guided implant surgery enables dentists to punch a smile hole in the gum tissue to access the bone, rather than open the ares with  a surgical flap.
  • Guided implant surgeries are also completed with the help of a 3D CT scan of the jaw, which tells the dentist the exact location and depth at which to place the implant.  Because of this precise planning, the placement is quicker and produces less trauma than with previous techniques.  For placement of a single implant most patients return to their daily routine immediately after implant placement
  • Implants and implant components now come in a variety of angles, shapes and sizes.  This means that dentists can  place them in more ideal areas to support chewing and improve smile esthetics without compromising function
  • For those seeking to replace an entire arch of teeth, restorative materials, such as zirconia, are strong enough to last a lifetime,  if proper hygiene and care is exercised.

Who may not be a candidate for Dental Implants?

Every patient should be evaluated before having implants placed.  Even if you have one of the conditions below,  you may still be able to restore your smile with dental implants. In some cases, your dentist will work with your physician to determine the best course of action to restore your oral health.

  • Patients that are heavy smokers.  Smoking inhibits healing in the mouth and can lead to implant failure, where the implant is not able to fuse with the bone.
  • Patients with chronic diseases (Diabetes, immune deficiencies, hemophilia to name a few)
  • Patients who have received high doses of radiation to the head and neck
  • Patients that are taking steroids, or other medications that suppress immune response or may cause excessive bleeding during the implant procedure
  • Patients that grind their teeth
  • Patients that are pregnant


Start Smiling Today

Digital Implant Design Center offers complimentary consultations to determine the best way to restore your smile.  On the rare event that a patient is not a candidate for implants we provide other treatments that will help restore the natural beauty and function of your smile

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