But could you be a candidate for implants?
If you have lost teeth, then you are most likely a candidate. A few matters could stand in the way, though.
Here are a couple questions to ask yourself to help discover whether or not you are a candidate for implants:
How is my health?
In order to get dental implants, it is important to determine whether or not you have good enough health. Some conditions and diseases may eliminate you. For example, uncontrolled diabetes, cancer, radiation to the jaws, smoking, alcoholism, or uncontrolled gum disease may affect whether or not dental implants will fuse to your bone.
Is my mouth capable of handling implants?
Most of the time, if you are healthy, your mouth should take fine to implants. However, it is important to gather a detailed assessment of your overall mouth and jaw. This includes x-rays and CT scans. Ask you dentist what imaging he/she requires.
Am I able to handle the healing process?
While you should be able to return to normal eating after a few days, the complete healing process could take up to six months. Determine whether or not you are able to handle that amount of time before proceeding with surgery.
In conclusion, if you have lost one tooth or even all of your teeth, are in relatively good health, and are mentally prepared for implants, you are most likely a candidate. Don’t hesitate to contact Dr. Gabhart for more information or to schedule a consult today!