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One of the amazing advances of dentistry, dental implants allow patients to have a natural look and feel, and can provide long term benefits for oral health. But not everyone is a good candidate for dental implants, so what could be an indicator that a patient may be eligible for this procedure?
Good Oral Health
Dentists may consider a patient’s overall oral health, and look at how they maintain that oral health. Dental implants are a process that can take time, several months or more, and knowing a patient is diligent in maintaining their oral health can be a sign that they are a good candidate for dental implants.
Good Bone Density
Although Dental implants can affect and even improve bone density in some cases, generally a dentist may want to see that the bone is healthy and able to support an implant. This may be a factor in determining whether or not the implant has a good chance of success. A Dentist may perform tests to determine whether or not bone density is the kind they’re looking for that could support a successful implant, and give an idea of whether or not a patient is a good candidate for dental implants.
Gum disease, if more advanced, can cause tooth loss, or affect bone density as well. A dentist may consider whether or not a patient is diligent about gum health, and willing to support good gum health before determining whether or not they are a good candidate for dental implants. A healthy mouth is an important factor in determining whether or not dental implants have a good chance for success.
Although these are general items many dentists may consider when discussing dental implants with a patient, nothing can replace the importance of a face to face consultation with a knowledgeable dentist to discuss your needs and situation.
Call our Waco or Harker Heights dental office to make an appointment with a dentist who may be able to help you find out more about this topic, and improve your oral health.