Who Is Not A Good Candidate For Dental Implants?
At Arnold Dental, your Nottingham dentist, we love nothing more than to revitalise our patients’ smiles. One of the most incredible treatments we have in our arsenal is dental implants, which replace single, multiple, or all missing teeth. The result is a strong, straight, white smile that’s as effective as your natural teeth.
Our patients often have a few questions and concerns about the treatment – and our top dentists are more than happy to talk through every element of the procedure, aftercare, and any niggles you might have. In this post, we’ll discuss who’s suitable for dental implants, and how they could help your smile.
So, who’s suitable?
Suitability is something that varies between people. If you’ve got a good standard of oral health, with healthy teeth and gums, you’ll have a strong, solid foundation for your new teeth. However, those with multiple missing teeth are more likely to suffer from gum and bone recession in the mouth, which could be problematic for placing your tooth implants.
How can you check if I’m suitable?
We’ll always start an in-depth treatment like tooth implants with a consultation. It helps us to determine your oral health, lets us check over your dental history, and also gives you opportunity to talk to our expert dentists about what’s involved. We may need to take X-rays as part of the process and of course, any dental work you require might need to be carried out at our Nottingham practice before we can place your tooth implants.
What happens if there’s a problem?
Even with gum and bone recession, we may be able to help. For instance, some patients may be able to have a sinus lift, where the sinus membrane inside the face is gently ‘lifted’ to allow bone and tissue to be grafted. This then gives a good foundation for the tooth implants, however the surgery will require healing, and you may have to wait up to a year before your dental implants can then be placed.
How can I improve my chances of suitability?
Ensure you brush, floss and use mouthwash as directed by our Nottingham dentists and of course, attend regular check-ups. These steps will help to keep your mouth healthy and hopefully prevent problems such as periodontitis and gum disease, which can cause gum recession, tooth loss and bone recession.