You only have one set of adult teeth, and they need to last until you are 80, 90, or beyond. The actions you take towards your teeth today will either benefit you or harm you in the future. Of course, good dental care starts with seeing a dentist regularly. You should go in for cleanings and checkups, and any other time you think something might be amiss with your teeth. Education is important when it comes to any aspect of your health, so start reading the articles on this website to educate yourself about dentists and dental care. We promise that when you're 80 and you still have your teeth, you won't regret the time spent.
Not everyone is a perfect candidate for a dental implant. Below are some of the things that might candidate a person's candidacy for the treatment.
1. Right Age
Some children are not perfect candidates for dental implants because their jaws are still growing. Jawbone growth can move the implants and interfere with the placement of the implants. Some children also find it difficult to care for their teeth, and the difficulty increases the risk of dental implant failure.
2. Good Jawbone Density
A strong jawbone is necessary for a successful implantation process. If your jawbone density is low, say due to previous bone disease, the implant will not be as mobile as it needs to be within its socket. An immobile implant takes a longer time to integrate with your jawbone.
3. No Smoking
Smoking is a bad idea for your overall health, including your oral health. For one, smoking reduces the amount of oxygen available at the implant site. The tobacco also reduces blood flow to the injured tissues. Both things increase the susceptibility of the oral tissues to microbial attacks, which can lead to peri-implant diseases and trigger implant failure.
4. Normal Sinus Cavities
The sinus cavities are spaces in the skull, two on each side of the face. The size of the maxillary sinus cavity determines the thickness of the upper jawbone. A large sinus cavity (say due to a congenital defect or previous surgery) reduces the thickness of the jawbone, which complicates the dental implant process.
5. Normal Dental Occlusion
Dental occlusion or bite is the arrangement of teeth when the mouth is closed. If you don't have a good bite, some of your teeth might experience excessive forces whenever you bite, chew, or close your mouth. The excessive forces interfere with the stability of the implant, and unstable implants don't heal fast.
6. Treatment Commitment
Every dental implant candidate must commit to the treatment for its entire duration. If you have received an implant, you should avoid smoking, maintain a high level of oral hygiene, get regular dental exams, and avoid some foods at the beginning of your treatment course. Your dentist will give you a comprehensive list of what you should do or avoid. Failure to follow the dentist's advice can prolong the healing process or cause the implant to fail.
A family dentist can confirm if your perfect candidacy for a dental implant if you need one. With a little work, however, even those who are not perfect candidates for dental implants can successfully get the treatment. Just follow your dentist's lead and you will have a high chance of success.