Candidates for Dental Implants
If you're interested in replacing a missing tooth or teeth, dental implants may be an option for you. Most people are good candidates for implants. A good candidate should have the following:
Some people may not be good candidates for implants. They include:
You still may be a good candidate for implants even if you have one of these conditions. It depends on the extent and severity of the condition.
Your dentist can evaluate you to see if you would be a good candidate for implants.
IImplant therapy involves a team. A dental specialist places the implant or implants. This is an oral surgeon, a periodontist or a general dentist trained in implant placement. Then a restorative dentist takes over. This is usually a general dentist or prosthodontist. The restorative dentist will make the crowns, bridges or dentures that the implant or implants will support.
Your first step is to make an appointment with one of these professionals for an evaluation. He or she will coordinate your treatment with the other members of the implant team.
Your initial evaluation will include an examination of your mouth and teeth and a thorough review of your medical and dental histories. Your mouth will be X-rayed. You might also have a computed tomography (CT) scan. This will provide information on the amount of bone in your jaw and its shape and where the nerves and sinuses are.
Finally, you and your dentist will discuss the options available to you. You will talk about the procedure, and its cost and possible complications. Your dentist will work with you to develop a treatment plan for your needs and preferences.
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