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Am I a Candidate for Dental Implants?

July 31, 2017

Handsome senior man with dental implant tooth replacementsIn the past, many patients with missing teeth thought they weren’t good candidates for dental implants, worried these tooth replacement solutions weren’t safe, or thought these treatment options were more likely to fail. We have great news at dental Renaissance – dental implants now have a 98% chance for success. When properly placed, these tooth replacement options are completely safe. Additionally, modern techniques, technologies, and materials allow more patients than ever before to undergo dental implant supported tooth replacement. Whether you’re missing a single tooth or a full arch, contact our Plano dentist and team to schedule a dental implant consultation today. We’ll review your oral and overall health and help you find the best tooth replacement option to meet your needs.

The Dental Implant Consultation

Before we begin dental implant tooth replacement, we’ll need to complete a thorough consultation to ensure we can safely and successfully replace your missing teeth with implant supported restorations. We’ll need a complete understanding of several aspects of your oral and overall health to make the best recommendations. Some of the information we’ll review includes:

  • Past surgeries – patients will need to let us know about any past surgeries. This can include both oral and whole body surgical procedures. If they’ve ever had any adverse experiences with surgery or anesthesia, the implant placement procedure may not be safe.
  • Current oral health – patients who currently have gum disease, tooth decay, TMJ dysfunction, or other oral health issues may not be ideal candidates for dental implant supported tooth replacement.
  • Existing health conditions – patients with immune compromising health conditions like diabetes, Alzheimer’s, or HIV will not be good candidates for this procedure, as the body is more likely to reject the dental implant posts.
  • Jawbone density – patients with significantly diminished jawbone density following tooth loss may not be able to successfully receive dental implant posts.

Your Alternative Tooth Replacement Options

Like any dental treatment, implant supported tooth replacement isn’t right for every patient we treat, but we offer viable alternatives for those patients in need of a different option. Some of the other tooth replacement solutions we offer include:

  • Fixed bridges – for one or two consecutive missing teeth, a fixed bridge may be the best option. One or more replacement teeth are fused together and attached to healthy surrounding teeth with dental crowns. This creates a seamless restoration that looks and feels natural.
  • Partials – partial dentures are an excellent option for patients missing numerous consecutive and nonconsecutive teeth. A gum colored base material is crafted to fit between teeth. Then, the partial is held into position with metal clasps attached to remaining healthy teeth.
  • Full dentures – to replace an entire row of teeth, full dentures are molded to fit against the gum line. A snug fit between denture and gums creates suction that anchors the denture into position.

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