How do I know if I’m a suitable candidate for dental implants?

Dental implants have revolutionized the way dentists address tooth loss in adulthood. Instead of removable prosthetics like dentures or difficult-to-clean bridges, a dental implant permanently replaces a single tooth or a series of implants are used to anchor an arch of prosthetic teeth. Not only are these replacements for missing teeth extremely durable, they are biocompatible.

If you are missing one or more teeth, Dr. Gardner will conduct an examination to determine your candidacy for dental implants. Consisting of a screw-like rod made from titanium, an implant is surgically placed into the jawbone where the empty tooth socket exists. Once the jawbone fuses to the titanium, a process called osseointegration, the implant will ultimately function as a tooth’s root. After osseointegration is complete, Dr. Gardner will then attach an artificial crown to the titanium rod. For patients desiring a more natural look, porcelain fused to metal and all porcelain crowns are ideal.

The crown will be attached to the abutment at the top of the implant where it will provide support to neighboring teeth and fill the empty tooth socket. Because dental implants are fixed in place and the crowns are made from durable materials, patients can enjoy their favorite foods—including foods that are difficult to eat for patients with dentures. Candidates for dental implants should possess the following traits:

  • Healthy jawbone density to support the titanium rod of the implant
  • Free of gum disease—especially chronic periodontitis
  • Understanding of proper oral hygiene methods
  • Access to regular dental examinations and cleanings

After conducting a thorough evaluation of your oral health that will include a variety of X-rays along with an assessment of your general well-being, Dr. Gardner will be able to determine if you are a candidate for dental implants. To schedule your informative consultation, contact the office of Dr. Gardner today.