If you suffer from insecurities because of your smile, whether it be because of missing, damaged, or failing teeth—you might want to think about dental implants. Dental implants are becoming more and more popular as tooth replacement alternatives when compared to other options like dentures. However, despite dental implants being available to a wide variety of patients, there are some limitations to who is a candidate for them.

In this article, Burke Dental seeks to explore this topic to help guide those interested in dental implants on whether implants are a potential option and the right option for them. Learn more by reading below.

candidacy for dental implants

The first thing to consider when determining if you are a potential candidate for dental implants is your reasoning for getting them. Implants are only required for severe cases of missing or damaged teeth rather than just simple installations in replacement of a smile you just “don’t like.”

To get a dental implant procedure, you will need to consult with and get approval from a qualified dental surgeon.  The American Academy of Implant Dentistry discusses reasons to get a dental implant:

Who can benefit?

“Dental implants can be a smart choice for adults of all ages, whether you were born without a tooth or have had to have teeth removed due to injury, infection or decay. They can also be an option for adolescents, once facial growth and development has been completed.”

Restorative dentist, Dr. Jones of Franklin had this to say:

“Dental implants can benefit anyone who has missing teeth. The biggest benefit is the ablility to restore the function of your teeth so you can not only enjoy the foods you once did, but feel more confident!”

Once you establish a proper reason for needing a dental implant, it’s then important to consult with your dentist to see if you’re a good candidate for implant dental work based on your current or past dental health and jawbone characteristics.

Dental implants commonly come in two main types endosteal and subperiosteal with endosteal implants being the most used type of implant. Your dentist will help determine if implants are safe for you based on your jawbone maturity and if dental implants are even an option based on your circumstances. Some people have jawbones that are too shallow or underdeveloped for complication-free surgery that might require alternative solutions and might not even be eligible for dental implants at all. You can read the dental implant guide we wrote that should help you understand the treatment better.

Read more below about what TwentyTooth has to say about types of implants.

Types of Dental Implants

“There are 2 common types of dental implants, and they are described according to how they are attached to your jaw.

Type 1: Endosteal (Endosseous) Implants

These implants are fixed straight onto the jawbone. After the gum tissues have healed, another surgery is conducted to erect a pillar-like structure onto the implant. Once done, the artificial teeth or dentures are mounted on the pillar.

Type 2: Subperiosteal Implants

A metal frame is secured on the jawbone below the gum tissue. As the gums recuperate, the frame gets attached to the jawbone. The pillars that are joined to the frame stick out through the gums. Similar to the Endosteal implants, the artificial teeth or dentures are mounted on the pillar.”

 

The final factor that comes into play when determining if you should or can get dental implants is age. As mentioned earlier by the American Academy of Implant Dentistry, most adult patients can safely seek out dental implants as an option for replacing missing or damaged teeth. But what about children? Look to see what Smile Solutions by Emmi Dental Associates has to say about dental implant candidacy when it comes to age.

Smile Solutions by Emmi Dental Associates

“Obviously dental implants should never be placed in infants and toddlers, even if they show signs of hypodontia (congenital missing teeth). Babies and infants are still growing, and these options should not be considered until their permanent teeth are in place. That said, dental implants are also not ideal for children in the K-6 age range or teenagers.

Since children are still growing and maturing, it’s possible that their jawbone may change over time. Placing dental implants too soon could lead to a number of problems with the maturation of the jawbone as well as the position of the teeth.”

 

If you have further questions regarding whether you are a candidate for dental implants, contact your local dental practice to consult with a dental health expert today. Patients residing within the Burke, Virginia, area can contact Burke Dental by calling (703) 978-6000 to schedule your consultation now!

Learn more about dental implants by watching the following video created by the American Dental Center.

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