Dental implants are one of the best tooth replacement options available thanks to their many benefits for our Gainesvilles, FL patients such as an improvement in oral health, appearance, and confidence. When compared to dentures or dental bridges, the permanence of dental implants enables it to last longer and stronger than other tooth replacement options.
When it comes to dental implants, it’s important to understand who is and who may not be a good candidate for implants. While dental implants are advantageous, they may not be recommended for everyone. We encourage you to consult with us before moving forward with a procedure, in order to determine your candidacy.
Candidacy for Dental Implants
In general, the best candidates for dental implant are those who truly need it. Patients who are missing one or more teeth are the best candidates, as well as those who are currently utilizing dentures or dental bridges but are unsatisfied with the results.
Also, patients must be in general good health in spite of their missing teeth. Patients who are experiencing tooth decay and are in need of tooth replacement can be good candidates as well, depending on the condition of their tooth decay and the state of the surrounding teeth as well. If you are suffering from other forms of periodontal disease, let Dr. Altschuler know during your consultation in the event that pre-treatments are needed.
One last requirement for patients seeking dental implants is a need for sufficient bone and gum support. As teeth fall out, this can deplete the jawbone to a degree that the dental implant could fail if we attempt to embed it. If you are found to be lacking in bone or gum support, Dr. Altschuler may recommend a bone regeneration procedure or soft tissue augmentation to remedy it.
It’s also important to note that younger patient are typically not eligible for dental implants. Young patients do not have fully developed teeth and jawbones that can support dental implants. If your child or teen has lost a tooth, we encourage you to consult us at Altschuler Periodontic and Implant Center to discuss alternative tooth replacement treatments.
In the case where a patient may be lacking sufficient bone or gum support, Dr. Altschuler is highly experienced in various bone grafting and gum grafting procedures.
Bone Regeneration Procedures
In addition to bone grafts, Dr. Altschuler specializes in guided bone regeneration to allow for ample jawbone growth for dental implants. A bone graft is when a sample of bone is removed from a part of the patient’s body, such as the hip or shin bone, and applied to the jawbone to promote regeneration.
With Dr. Altschuler’s guided bone regeneration technique, this procedure is reserved for those who are in danger of losing additional teeth due to jawbone depletion. A slip of membranous material is attached to the depleted bone area, preventing tissue from overgrowing and giving the new bone space to grow.
Soft Tissue Augmentation
If a patient’s gums have receded to a dangerous length, the dental implant will not succeed if it replaces that tooth. To encourage more gum growth a soft tissue augmentation, otherwise known as a gum graft, may be recommended by Dr. Altschuler. A gum graft is similar to a bone graft, where a sample of tissue is removed from the patient’s palate (or roof of their mouth) and applied to the receded gum area. This new tissue can promote healthy gum growth, reducing the chances of further recession and providing the support needed for the dental implant to come.
Check if You’re a Candidate for Dental Implants
If you’re missing one or more teeth or fall under some of the parameters above, you may be eligible for dental implants. But just as each patient is unique, so is their smile. Contact us today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Altschuler, who can definitively determine if dental implants are right for you.