How to Know if You Need Dental Implants | Murray Hill Dental
Monday May 22, 2017 by Melissa Brown, DDS
How to Know if You Need Dental Implants
Do you have missing teeth? If so, you need to learn about dental implants. Implants can improve the look of your smile, restore your confidence, and make eating more enjoyable.
What Is a Dental Implant?
A dental implant is an artificial tooth root that’s placed into your jaw. Once it’s affixed, it holds either a replacement tooth or a bridge.
What Is the Process of Getting Dental Implants?
Implant restoration consists of two steps. After an initial consultation, you’ll come in for your first appointment where a replacement tooth root will be implanted. Before the second step, your mouth will need time to heal. The length of time this takes varies from patient to patient.
During the second step of the process, we’ll fit you with a bridge or a custom-designed crown that can be placed over the implant. With our advanced same-day CEREC crown technology, your crown can be created in-house and placed the same day!
Who Is An Ideal Candidate for Dental Implants?
There are 3 important factors we look for in dental implant candidates:
- Healthy gums. The best patients have gums that are free of periodontal disease.
- Ample Quality Bone. An ideal patient will have enough quality bone in the jaw to anchor the implants. However, this doesn’t necessarily exclude patients without enough bone. There are procedures to rebuild bone, but they would need to be completed in advance of an implant restoration.
- Older Teens and Adults. Children are not good candidates for dental implants because their jaws are still growing. As a result, girls should be at least 14-15 years old, and boys should be at least 17 years old. By these ages, the jaw has grown to the point where it shouldn’t be adversely affected by implants.
Who Shouldn’t Get Dental Implants?
Although most people make good dental implant candidates, there are some people who make less than ideal candidates. These people typically include:
- Pregnant women
- Children with growing jaws
- People who’ve received high-dosage radiation of the neck or head
- Heavy smokers – this behavior can hinder healing
- People with chronic diseases or systemic problems like uncontrolled diabetes or immune deficiencies
- People who take immune-suppressing medication like steroids
- People who severely clench or grind their teeth – this can place too much pressure on the implants, causing them to fail
While dental implants aren’t necessarily ruled out for these individuals, we do take into consideration the severity of any conditions or diseases before recommending implants.
The best way to determine whether you’re a good candidate for dental implants is to schedule an appointment with us. It’s easy to do so! You can schedule you implant consultation online or give us a call at one of our two Columbus locations!