When it comes to replacing missing teeth, nothing beats dental implants, but not everyone is a good candidate.

If you have one or more missing teeth, then you have a few options to choose from, including dentures and bridges. But the only option that could provide lifelong results is dental implants. Not only can implants last for years if you take proper care of them, but they look and feel just like your natural teeth. However, not every patient is an ideal candidate for dental implants.

What makes a good candidate for dental implants?

Adequate Bone Density

In order for your dental implant to be successful, even when it has to stand up to extreme force from chewing, the bone structure in the jaw has to have sufficient density. Without the proper bone density, there’s a good chance the implant will fail. If you do not have adequate bone density, there is a possibility that you could get a bone graft to correct the problem.

No Periodontal Disease

Your gums need to be healthy and free of periodontal disease before an implant can be placed in them, so if you do have periodontal disease, you’ll need to get treatment before you can start the implant process. If you have periodontal disease and you are fitted with a dental implant, there’s a risk that the area around the implant will become infected and the implant will fail.

Other signs that you are a good candidate for dental implants:

  • You are committed to oral hygiene.
  • You don’t have diabetes or an autoimmune disease that could hinder your ability to heal.
  • You don’t smoke or are willing to quit during the implant process.
  • You are willing to commit to the process.

Find out if dental implants are right for you with White Smiles Family Dentistry.

Although we’ve touched on the general rules of dental implant candidacy, the only way to know for sure if implants are right for you is to visit our dentist in Albertville. Schedule your appointment online now.