Dental Implants Candidacy

If you have lost one or more teeth, or if you require tooth extraction, there are several restorative treatments that can repair your smile. Dental implants are one of the most popular options because they provide the ultimate support for restorations. The key to the success of this treatment is carefully determining dental implants candidacy. At our Chicago, IL-area practice, Dr. Henry Moore will evaluate your oral and physical health to determine whether implants are right for you. We offer several advanced treatment options that can make implants suitable for a wide range of patients.

When to Consider Implants

dental implant and crownBecause implants can support many types of dental restorations, they can be a good option if you are missing one, several, or even all of your teeth. If you need a dental bridge, and do not wish to alter healthy teeth in order to create a support system for your restoration, implants can help you preserve healthy tissue and experience superior stability. Meanwhile, if you have worn a traditional denture for awhile, dental implants can prevent further changes in the shape of your jaw, helping you avoid the need for regular adjustments to your denture.

Because implants can support many types of dental restorations, they can be a good option if you are missing one, several, or even all of your teeth.

Oral and Physical Health Considerations

Dr. Moore will thoroughly evaluate your overall health to determine whether implants are right for you. First, he will consider the density of your jawbone. Implants require a certain amount of bone tissue for support. However, following tooth loss, your jaw will start to recede. Significant tissue loss will compromise your ability to receive implants, and a bone graft may be necessary in order to restore a suitable base.

Second, Dr. Moore will discuss any chronic health conditions. Gum disease is a common problem that will cause your gums to recede from your jawbone and tooth roots. If you have gum disease, it must be treated before moving ahead with any restorative treatment. In addition, Dr. Moore will consider any systemic health conditions. If you have an autoimmune disease, diabetes, a blood disorder, or a similar condition, it may raise certain risks of implant surgery.

Finally, as a candidate for implants, you should be committed to good dental hygiene. With daily brushing and flossing, as well as regular trips to the dentist, implants can last the rest of your life.

Implants Are Now Suitable for a Wider Range of Patients

Thanks to modern dental innovations, you may be able to receive implants even if you have suffered some jawbone recession. In many cases, Dr.  Moore can perform a bone graft or sinus lift. During these two procedures, he will place donor tissue in the recessed areas of your jaw. The sample will fuse with your jawbone, creating a strong and solid foundation for the implants. If you have lost bone volume on your upper jaw, or if your sinuses naturally lay close to the implant site, your dentist can also raise your sinus membranes by applying donor tissue, creating ample room for the implants.

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Mini implants do not require as much bone tissue as traditional implants.

At Dental Concepts, we also offer mini implants. Having a much smaller diameter, these posts can often eliminate the need for bone grafting among patients who have experienced a small degree of bone recession. However, it is important to understand that they are not as strong as traditional implants. Dr. Moore will conduct a careful analysis to determine which type of implant is the best for your needs.

Schedule a Consultation with Dr. Moore

More patients than ever before can benefit from dental implants. To determine your candidacy for this advanced restorative treatment, contact Dental Concepts today.