Am I a Candidate for Dental Implants?

Woman sitting in a chair next to Dr. Perlman's desk consulting with him about a dental implant

Dental implants have totally changed the game when it comes to the art of replacing missing teeth. They are not merely removable dental devices that fit into a gap. Implants have the additional feature of a post that mimics a tooth root. This means that not only is an implant secured in place, but it also helps stimulate the jaw bone like real teeth do. This is part of the reason why patients need to be screened before moving forward with the procedure. There are some conditions that must be met before you can be deemed a candidate for dental implants.

Sufficient Amount of Jaw Bone

Talking about how much bone you do or don’t have may seem unusual, but it’s crucial in determining the success of the dental implant procedure. By design, a dental implant is surgically placed into the jaw bone and allowed to fuse with the bone. This creates a stable foundation. If there’s not enough bone present, the implant won’t be secure. The good news is, even if you don’t have enough healthy bone now, there are procedures that can help build it back up.

Healthy Gums

Healthy gums are always crucial for a healthy smile. There’s no exception when it comes to getting dental implants. If there is any gum disease, there’s a risk that the infection could spread, leading to bone loss. Both of which can contribute to the failure of dental implants. Treating gum disease should be a priority to protect your overall wellness. If you need help with this, we offer periodontal care as part of our suite of dental services.

Dental Implants at Spanaway Dental Wellness

If you’re not sure what the state of your jaw bone or gum health is, then your best bet is to visit Spanaway Dental Wellness. We offer dental implant consultations so we can determine if you are a good prospect for implants. Remember, even if you may not be a candidate now, there are other restorative dental procedures that can get you back to good condition and ready for implant dentistry.

Don’t hesitate to contact us if you want to learn more!

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