Dental implants are a powerful restoration, capable of transforming your smile and your bite without the inconveniences of traditional dentures. Independently anchored and supported, dental implants can also help to protect your existing jaw tissue and your surrounding teeth. Unfortunately, dental implants aren’t right for everyone, which is why it is so important to visit Dr. Postol for an implant consultation to determine your candidacy for the procedure.
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During your initial dental implant consultation, Ballwin implant dentist Dr. Postol will carefully analyze the health of your teeth and gums to check for problems. He will also talk with you about your lifestyle, your medical history, and the timeline involved with dental implant placement to determine your personal eligibility for implants. Because the goal of dental implants is to allow them to fuse successfully into your existing bone tissue, this careful analysis will help your implants to remain strong, stable, and comfortable. Here is a more in-depth explanation of the factors that determine whether dental implants are right for you.
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Certain medical conditions or events, such as osteoporosis, cancer, auto-immune diseases, heart attacks, and strokes, could affect your candidacy for receiving dental implants. Conditions that affect bone tissue, such as osteoporosis, could create an unstable structure for implants, which could lead to loose implants susceptible to ongoing problems. Auto-immune disorders or certain cancer treatments can lead to infection or implant rejection, since they reduce the body’s ability to cope with foreign bodies as usual.
To improve your chances for a successful dental implant surgery, always be upfront and honest with Dr. Postol about your medical history. Don’t forget to mention prior dental issues that could affect your implants, such as bruxism or previous dental injuries. Failing to mention crucial information could make your dental implant procedure more complicated, expensive, and time consuming than it needs to be.
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For a person to be considered a candidate for dental implant surgery, they need to live a healthy lifestyle. Patients should focus on healthy eating, regular exercise, and refraining from certain lifestyle habits that could harm their dental implants. For example, patients who like to use their teeth to open packages or who smoke might be more likely to damage their implants, which could affect their candidacy for the procedure.
While it is true that dental implants aren’t susceptible to dental decay, your gums and the other natural teeth in your mouth are still vulnerable, which is why it is crucial for patients to commit themselves to impeccable oral hygiene. For someone to be eligible for dental implants, they should be brushing, flossing, and meeting with their dentist regularly to fend off infections, dental decay, and other problems that could affect their oral health.
Because dental implants are anchored directly into your jawbone, the size, structural stability, and overall health of your jawbone will be carefully evaluated. If your jaw tissue isn’t as strong or healthy as it should be, Dr. Postol will talk with you about bone grafting to bolster the area.
Although some people think of dental implants as an instant smile makeover, dental implants can take quite a while to install. Depending on your overall health, dental implants can take as long as 4-12 months to place and integrate. Before implants are placed, Dr. Postol will talk with you about your personal implant timeline, and whether or not this timeframe will work with your lifestyle.