The key to being an implant candidate is maintaining optimal oral health. From the jawbone itself to your gums, your full mouth will be evaluated before dental implants are recommended. Some factors to consider include:
Jawbone Density: In order to support a dental implant, you must have enough bone density in your jawbone. If the bone is too thin or weak, the implant will not have enough support and will likely fail. If this is the case for you, there are steps to increase bone density, such as a bone graft.
Gum Health: Much like bone density, the state of your gums plays a role in implant candidacy. While having a periodontal disease does not automatically disqualify you, it must be under control before moving forward with the procedure. A gum graft may be performed before dental implant placement if deemed necessary.
Dental Hygiene Routine: A commitment to maintaining a rigorous dental hygiene routine is critical. While your restoration placed over the implant is not a living tooth, it must be treated with equal care. Brushing twice-per-day for two minutes at a time, flossing daily, and incorporating an alcohol-free mouthwash is a solid foundation for a healthy smile.
Lifestyle Habits: The healing process involved with dental implants can be quite extended. The use of tobacco or drinking excessively can inhibit the healing process and cause unnecessary complications. It’s critical to share this information when creating your treatment plan.