Although dental implants are an amazing solution to missing teeth, not every patient is a perfect candidate for treatment. In fact, an ideal candidate falls under certain categories that give them the best chances of the treatment succeeding.
Below you will find a few suggestions for both an ideal candidate and a less-than-ideal candidate for dental implants.
Missing A Tooth Or Teeth: Dr. Gregory Bell doesn’t pull good teeth and replace them with implants. In order to qualify for this treatment, you will need to be missing teeth or at risk for losing teeth.
Oral Health: Your mouth will need to be free of dangerous oral conditions such as gum disease, tooth decay, or gum recession before you are allowed to move forward with implants. These problems can result in failing implants in the long run.
Ample Jawbone And Gum Tissue Support: When you lose a tooth, the jawbone and gums around that tooth will begin to deteriorate and weaken leading to bone loss. These elements provide a foundation for implants; therefore, they will need to be in good condition before you can proceed with implant treatment.
Understanding Of The Process: The dental implant process is not an instant solution to your missing teeth. This process typically takes four to six months to complete. However, we believe that the lasting results will be worth the wait time.
Alcoholics And Smokers: Both heavy alcohol consumption and smoking can make it harder for your body to heal itself. The reason for this is that both of these habits slow the flow of blood to vital areas of your body, which will result in your implant fixture failing to meld with your jawbone and gums.
Drinking alcohol can increase the risk of wound infections. Smoking will interfere with the immune system of the body, triggering infections. It’s best to not smoke or drink when seeking this treatment option.
Pregnant Women: Undergoing an x-ray exam is a typical procedure in the dental implant process. X-rays are considered harmful to the growing baby and are generally not advised for pregnant women. Anesthesia is also used during the dental implant surgery and is considered safe during pregnancy, but general anesthesia can cause harmful side effects to the growing baby.
Once the baby is born the mother can then plan for a dental implant. Call Chicago Center For Esthetic, Reconstructive, and Implant Dentistry when you’re ready!
Young Patients: The jawbone continues to develop and grow as a young person until adulthood. With a growing jaw, the child risks having other teeth move from where they already are. Unfortunately, young patients will not be able to proceed with implant treatment until their jawbone is finished growing.
You will need to attend a consultation with Dr. Gregory Bell at his Chicago, IL office to determine your candidacy for treatment with dental implants. During your consultation, he will perform a thorough examination of your mouth to determine if you are ready to move forward with dental implants as a tooth replacement method.
Dr. Gregory Bell, DDS
30 N Michigan Ave #1220
Monday: 8AM – 4PM
Wednesday: 8AM – 4PM
Thursday: 8AM – 4PM