Have you lost one or more teeth? If you have, replacing them is crucial to protecting the overall health of your mouth. Dental implants are the tooth replacement option that best replaces every function that your natural tooth used to perform. They look attractive, let you eat and talk as before, require no special care, and can be permanent. But not everyone is a candidate for dental implants.
This page gives basic information about dental implants, but the only way to know for sure if you are a candidate is through a consultation with a dentist. To be evaluated for dental implants, please call 403-768-2545 or email Dr. Mehbs Ali or Dr. Sahra Kanji in Calgary, Alberta.
The Ideal Dental Implant Candidate
Dental implants are highly successful treatment for the right candidate. For properly selected candidates, the success rate of dental implants is about 98%, according to several studies. But there are several factors that could influence your candidacy. The ideal dental implant candidate:
- Has adequate bone tissue in the implant area
- Has no gum disease
- Has a good bite
- Is in good general health
- Is a non smoker
- Is not taking medications that affect bone healing
Most of these conditions will not prevent you from getting a dental implant, but they may delay your dental implant procedure. Candidates with inadequate bone require bone grafts, for example, before receiving dental implants. Gum disease must be treated before an implant procedure. Your bite may need to be evaluated and treated as part of the implant procedure.
Smoking is one of the most major factors affecting dental implant success. At the very least, you will have to quit smoking for a period before and after receiving your dental implants. However, it is recommended that you quit smoking entirely if you want to get good results from a dental implant. One clinical study showed that the failure rate of dental implants in heavy smokers was over 30%, 15 times the rate for nonsmokers!
Get Evaluated Today
Like many dental conditions, if you are missing a tooth or teeth, there is no time like the present to get treatment. Once you lose a tooth, your jawbone will begin to degrade as your body removes bone tissue it sees as no longer necessary. Your other teeth will begin to shift and drift into the gap. Your bite will begin to change. The sooner you get a dental implant, the sooner these conditions can be stopped and your overall oral health will improve.
To learn more about your eligibility for dental implants, please contact Dr. Mehbs Ali or Dr. Sahra Kanji in Calgary, Alberta for a consultation today.