Whether you have recently lost a tooth due to an accident or extreme tooth decay, you may be considering getting some dental implants from Dr. Janice Scott. As a great way to help restore your smile and ability to chew like normal once again, dental implants provide patients with a nearly permanent solution to an otherwise imperfect smile. However, in order to be deemed a good candidate for dental implants, you must meet the following criteria. Read on to learn more.
Have Healthy Gums
Healthy gums are a good indicator that the rest of your mouth is otherwise healthy. Because the dental implant procedure requires a metal rod to be surgically implanted into your gums to act as an anchor for your dental crown, your gums need to be in healthy condition. If you have unhealthy gums, they will not be able to hold the implant in place and will likely reject the implant.
Healthy Surrounding Teeth
Typically when an individual gets a dental implant, the dental implant is placed in between a two healthy teeth in order to help restore your smile and ensure that your gums don’t cave in and lose their form. However, if your implant is going to be placed around unhealthy teeth it might not last. Specifically if the teeth surrounding your dental implant need to be removed and need implants themselves, then Dr. Janice Scott will likely just suggest that you remove all of your teeth and get dental implants all at once— that way you won’t have to undergo multiple surgeries for virtually the same thing.
Healthy Dental Habits
If you are known for not brushing and flossing your teeth or if your dental habits are virtually non-existent, then you may not be a suitable candidate for dental implants. Dental implants best thrive in a healthy mouth surrounded by healthy teeth. If, however, you are constantly missing dental appointments and your teeth are starting to crack and decay, then your mouth may not be in the best shape or condition to be able to support the dental implants themselves.
If you are considering er getting , you need to make sure that you meet the proper criteria. To learn more about dental implants or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Janice Scott, contact our office today!