Once an adult tooth has fallen out or received so much damage that it is beyond repair, a dental patient must find a replacement to fill that gap. Dental implants are a popular choice for fixing the hole left behind from a single missing tooth or set of teeth.
Using a technique that combines surgically implanted small titanium rods in the upper or lower jaw with a porcelain crown, dental implants can successful work like a regular natural tooth.
Unfortunately, even though this procedure is extremely popular, not everyone will be a good candidate for the procedure.
Dental patients that have weak jawbones are not a good candidate for this dental procedure. The jawbone must be extremely strong to not only withstand the whole surgical procedure, but also it must be able to support the titanium rod and the porcelain crown. Weak jawbones are unable to provide the stability and strength needed for the procedure.
Any patient that has a jawbone that is not fully grown is also not a good candidate for the procedure. Jawbones that have not finished growing could potentially grow over the titanium rod or force it to come loose. The titanium rod provides support to the entire implant. If it comes loose, the entire implant is at risk.
Extremely heavy smokers may not be able to have dental implants. The tobacco and other chemicals from smoking have been proven to slow down and hinter the healing process, especially in the mouth. There is a long, lengthy recovery time from the surgical implant process without any delays; smoking could just make it worse.
Smoking can also prevent the overall success of the jawbone growing around the titanium rod. The success rate of a dental implant procedure is almost 98%, but for smokers that success rate can drop by almost half.
Dr Fakhimi can easily tell if a patient is a good candidate for dental implants through an evaluation. Evaluations for the procedure can be done at a regularly scheduled appointment/consultation. Call us today!