Advancements in technique and technology have opened up candidacy for dental implants to virtually anyone. For patients who have lost bone tissue, Drs. Mike Meek and David Tasch at 38th Street Dental can determine whether you are a candidate for dental implants at our office in Austin, TX. Depending on the case, we may be able to boost candidacy with preparatory procedures such as a bone graft or sinus lift to restore jawbone tissue.
The Importance of Overall Health
In order to undergo oral surgery, you should be in good overall health and be prepared to discuss your full medical history with our doctors. While preexisting conditions such as diabetes can restrict candidacy, certain patients can potentially enjoy the same level of success as patients without diabetes.
Smoking may affect your candidacy more severely. In addition to undermining overall health, this habit can increase your risk of gum disease and implant failure.
What Can Disqualify a Candidate?
Unfortunately, there are certain medical conditions that can undermine the potential success of implants, including:
- Cardiac issues and major heart valve concerns
- Ongoing cancer treatment
- Immunosuppressive therapy
- Long-term use of bisphosphonatesfor osteoporosis
- Untreated bruxism
If any of these conditions apply to you, our doctors may recommend an alternative treatment, such as dentures or dental bridges.
Although trauma or necessary extraction can leave children without teeth, kids are rarely good candidates for dental implants because of their still-developing jawbones. Patients younger than 18 must consult with our doctors when considering dental implants to determine whether the treatment will affect their bone development.
There is rarely an age restriction for older adults. Geriatric patients with good overall health can enjoy function, comfort, and an overall improved quality of life following dental implant treatment.
Patients with Bone Loss
Because dental implants need a minimum amount of bone tissue to anchor restorations, patients who suffered jawbone loss were traditionally disqualified from treatment. However, by coordinating a bone graft or a sinus lift with trusted oral surgeons, our doctors can help you restore your candidacy for implants. Both preparatory procedures can help you restore lost jawbone tissue to create a stable, healthy foundation for dental implants.
A Commitment to Oral Health
Dental implants represent a long-term commitment. Depending on your oral health and the complexity of your case, it can take several months for our doctors to complete dental implant treatment. Even after surgery, it is important to maintain your oral hygiene and schedule regular checkups. Certain oral health conditions such as gum disease can increase your risk of gum disease or implant failure and regular examinations can help identify potential concerns before the onset of more serious symptoms.
Schedule a Consultation
Although recent research and technological advancements have expanded candidacy for receiving dental implants, the only way to determine whether you are a good candidate is to schedule a consultation with one of our doctors. During your evaluation, we will review all aspects of your oral and overall health to ensure that you can enjoy long-lasting benefits from your dental implants. To schedule an appointment, call our office at (512) 458-6222 or contact us online.