Who is Eligible for Dental Implants?

Middle-Aged Woman Wearing Dental ImplantsDental implants offer many advantages to people with missing teeth, since they help them reclaim their confidence as well as their ability to eat, speak and smile normally. They can also help preserve gum tissue as well as bone tissue in the jawbone, which makes them a far more viable and cosmetic option than conventional dentures and bridges.

Whether a patient wants to replace one tooth or several missing teeth at a dental practice such as Polwarth Dental Clinic in Edinburgh, dental implants can also offer benefits for their oral and overall health.

Dental implants are small titanium posts surgically inserted into the jawbone, replacing the roots of missing teeth. The bone fuses with the titanium, creating a strong foundation for artificial teeth such as crowns, dentures or bridges.

Dental implants are generally popular among patients, but not everyone is eligible for this type of treatment. Implant surgery has specific requirements, and some patients may not qualify for the treatment.

Dental implant eligibility

Generally, dental implants do not come with many restrictions. Ideal candidates must be individuals with healthy teeth and gums who are at least 18 years old at the time of the surgery.

Ideal candidates should also have very good oral health. Gum disease or any other dental issue may cause infections around the dental implants, therefore compromising their successful healing.

More importantly, good candidates for dental implants will have sufficient bone density in their jaws. This is because dental implants have to attach themselves onto the jawbone and stay fixed in placed. This process can take several weeks and insufficient or deteriorated bone tissue, can eventually lead to implant failure.

Patients with low bone density are more likely to have to repeatedly have loose dental implants reinserted, or the implants may not be integrated into the jawbone at all. However, low bone density can be treated with bone grafts and sinus lifts prior to implant surgery.

Finally, some medical condition such as uncontrolled diabetes and heart disease, can compromise healing, therefore reducing the chances for successful dental implants. However, if these diseases are controlled prior to implant surgery, then it is likely that dental implants will remain in place and heal properly.