Am I A Candidate for Dental Implants? | Manhattan Dental Spa

Am I A Candidate for Dental Implants?

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Dental implants are today’s most advanced replacements for damaged or missing teeth. They look and feel almost identical to natural teeth, and after you become accustomed to your implants, you may forget you have them.

You may be a candidate for dental implants if you have missing or problematic teeth. Many implant candidates are tired of the hassle of dealing with bridges, partial dentures, or full dentures. Implants provide a natural look and feel without the downsides presented by other restorations. They are the only restoration that protects the jaw bone from deteriorating due to a lack of chewing stimulation.

The Dental Implant Process

For single-tooth implants, the first step is extracting the existing tooth. If you need a graft procedure due to bone loss, you can receive it at the same time as the extraction. The extraction site and bone graft must heal for a few months before the process can continue.

Next, the dentist places the titanium implant posts in the jawbone, where they bond with the hard tissues in osseointegration. Osseointegration creates a natural feel for the implant and preserves jaw bone strength. The post needs time to heal before the implant is complete.

The dentist places an abutment on top of the post to hold the dental crown. Another healing period happens before the final installation of the crown.

The dental crown on top of an implant lasts for years but may need periodic replacement due to expected wear and tear. The dentist matches the crown to your natural teeth to create a seamless, attractive appearance.

Who is a Good Candidate?

Today, most patients can receive dental implants. Following, we share some of the criteria shared by successful implant patients:

Good Oral Health

To receive dental implants, you need to maintain good oral health. You should be free of untreated tooth decay or gum disease. If you have these conditions, your dentist must address them before the implant process can begin.

Healthy Enough for Surgery

Dental implant surgery is a straightforward process, but certain health conditions may make healing difficult. Patients with diabetes, cancer, or other chronic health conditions may not be eligible for implants. Consult your physician and dentist for guidance.

Sufficient Bone Mass

Patients need enough bone mass to support the implant post. If you do not have enough bone mass, you can receive a bone graft from an oral surgeon.

Non-Smoker or Willing to Permanently Quit

Tobacco use, including vaping, interferes with the body’s healing ability. If you smoke or use any type of tobacco, it would be best if you quit completely before getting implants.

Call Manhattan Dental Spa

If you want dental implants, please call our Murray Hill, NYC office at 212-683-2530. We can set up a consultation to answer your questions about the process. We can help you determine whether you are a good candidate for the procedure.