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Am I A Candidate for Dental Implants? Greensboro NC

 Older Black couple speaking with Dentist about dental implants for them at Phillips Prosthodontics in Greensboro, NCAbout 178 million Americans have lost at least one tooth. Although dental bridges and dentures are conservative means of replacing lost teeth, if you want a more permanent, durable, and comfortable solution, nothing can beat dental implants.

What Are Dental Implants?

A dental implant is a titanium prosthetic device that is used to replace the tooth root in an empty tooth socket. This implant is topped by a dental crown, restoring your ability to bite and chew. Dental implants are great options for people who have lost one or multiple teeth. At Phillips Prosthodontics, prosthodontists and can place single or multiple-tooth dental implants and implant supported bridges and overdentures like All On 4 Treatment Concept.

Good Candidates for Dental Implants

At Phillips Prosthodontics, we can help you determine whether you are a good candidate for dental implant surgery or not. To be qualified for this surgery you need to have:
  • A fully-matured strong and healthy jawbone.

  • Gums free from periodontal disease.

  • One or more missing teeth.

  • Good oral care and hygiene habits.

  • A commitment to keeping your routine dental appointments.

Risky Candidates for Dental Implants

There are some lifestyle habits or health conditions that may pose complications for people that require dental implant surgery. These include:
  • Conditions that significantly affect your immunity like contracting HIV/AIDS or other immune-deficiency disorders or having an organ transplant.

  • Untreated and chronic gum disease.

  • Cancer that requires chemotherapy and radiation therapy.

  • Blood disorders that prevent clotting of the blood, including hemophilia.

  • Uncontrolled diabetes.

  • Arthritis or other connective tissue disorders.

The good news is that some people who have these conditions may still become viable candidates for dental implants. It is important that you determine the health and severity of your condition and consult your physician to manage them or treat them. Once your physician deems you are eligible for a dental implant, you can schedule an appointment with us. Aside from these medical conditions, certain other factors can complicate matters when getting a dental implant. These include:
  • Pregnancy can cause hormonal changes, which can lead to increased risk of gingivitis. In addition, the prospect of surgery can lead to undue stress for the mother and the baby. That is why we advise you to wait until after you have had your baby to get a dental implant.

  • People who consume alcohol may be at high risk of dry mouth, risks of clots in the jaw, and failure of the implant to fuse to the jawbone. All of this can lead to implant failure.

  • People who smoke excessively may also not be good candidates for dental implants as cigarette smoke causes fibrous tissues in the jaw instead of strong bone. This can prevent your implant from fusing to the jawbone, resulting in implant failure.

  • Teeth Clenching: People who are in the habit of clenching their teeth or who suffer from bruxism may not be good candidates for dental implants since the pressure caused by teeth grinding may make the implant shift from its position. This can result in implant failure.

However, once you get treated for these, you can become a good candidate for dental implants.

Dental implants have many benefits. They are the most effective and long-lasting tooth replacement option and have a success rate of up to 98%. Although there is nothing exactly like your natural teeth, dental implants are the next best option. If you are interested in this treatment, call us at 336-274-5400 and we will schedule a consultation with you.
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Am I A Candidate For Dental Implants? • Phillips Prosthodontics • Greensboro, NC
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