October 4, 2022
Considered the gold standard for replacing missing teeth, dental implants are able to restore lost teeth in terms of look, feel, and functionality—and better yet, they can last for virtually a lifetime if you take great care of them! However, as incredible as implants are, they aren’t for everyone; there are certain factors and issues that can negatively affect your eligibility, as they could prevent your implants from properly integrating. Keep reading to learn more from your dentist in Woodbridge about three of these issues.
1. Insufficient Bone Density
Dental implants are surgically embedded into your jawbone; the biocompatible materials they’re made of will actually fuse with the bone! This leads to a very strong, lasting connection that beats out other dental restorations in terms of durability and stability—in fact, dental implants boast a 95% – 98% success rate!
However, less support for your implants means they have a much lower chance of remaining stable and correctly positioned. So if your jawbone has sustained bone loss due to advanced gum disease or some other issue, it might lack the density to fully support implants. In these cases, a dental bone graft is usually necessary to fortify the jawbone—once healed, your mouth should be capable of integrating the implants!
2. Poor Oral Health
Whether you’re considering dental implants or not, good oral hygiene should always be prioritized! That said, if you’re thinking about getting dental implants, one of the first things your dentist will do is inspect your oral health. Dental implants are heavily reliant on your willingness to do things correctly concerning your oral hygiene regimen; if you can’t keep up with daily brushing and flossing, your implants will inevitably fail! That said, you still need to have adequate oral health prior to receiving dental implants. If you have an underlying oral health issue such as gum disease that might affect your future implants, it will need to be addressed prior to the procedure.
3. Smoking & Using Tobacco Products
Smoking is bad for you in all kinds of ways—but it’s especially bad for your oral health and will certainly impact your dental implant candidacy. If you’re regularly smoking or using tobacco while trying to heal up from dental implant surgery, the implant sites won’t heal properly. And if your implant sites cannot heal, your implants will not fully integrate!
Knowing what can automatically disqualify you from receiving dental implants can help you make any necessary adjustments so that you can benefit from this incredible treatment option. That said, if you’re curious about receiving implants to restore your smile, don’t hesitate to speak with your dentist about your eligibility.
About the Practice
White Oak Dental & Orthodontics proudly serves patients and families in the Woodbridge Township community. The practice is led by the awesome husband-wife team of Dr. Alvin Aquino and Dr. Connie Lai. They combine several years of experience to offer a wide range of services including tooth restoration options such as dental implants. If you have any questions about dental implants or your eligibility, don’t hesitate to contact the practice online or over the phone for assistance: (732) 582-4224.
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