Modern titanium dental implants have been a game-changer in the dental industry, and are life changers for countless patients. They provide permanent solutions for the loss of one or more teeth, solutions that restore not just complete dental function but also perfect the appearance of your smile.

Are you a good candidate for implants?

Your dentist will be able to answer that question after carefully reviewing the condition of your jaw, dental x-rays, and your general oral health. Those x-rays and other types of dental imaging will tell your dentist everything they need to know about: the strength, size, and shape of your jaw; the shape and location of your sinuses; and the location of your nerves. All that information is essential to determining whether — and precisely where — implants can successfully be placed.

While dental implants in Delta are appropriate for most people thanks to advanced technologies and techniques, there are certain circumstances that would make a person a poor candidate. If any of the following describes you, be sure to discuss the circumstances carefully with your dentist. Implants may still be an option with additional preparation, precautions or elements to your treatment plan.

  • People with the suppressed immune systems whether due to disease or due to taking steroids or other drugs

  • People who have not broken bad habits such as clenching, grinding, and gnashing their teeth in your sleep, a condition called sleep bruxism that many people have without even realizing it

  • Patients with uncontrolled diabetes or other chronic conditions

  • Patients experiencing cancer

  • Patients receiving radiation to the jaw, head, or neck area

  • Smoking and alcoholism

  • Advanced and uncontrolled gum disease

  • In general health so poor as to be an inappropriate candidate for dental surgery, generally

In the past, patients with poor bone density and unusually small jaws were poor candidates for implants. Now, implants may be an option even if you have less than ideal bone density thanks to the development of atrophic maxilla dental implants. In addition to atrophic maxilla implants, your dentist will tell you about options for improving your bone density to make implants possible for you. Those options include bone augmentation; sinus lift; and ridge expansion.

New ETIII 3.2 implants mean implants may be possible for even jaws that might previously have been too small to accommodate implants.

How old do you need to be for implants?

Dental implants near you may be inappropriate for children and adolescents for the simple reason that their face and jaw structure is still developing. The best chance of a successful implant procedure long-term is to wait until that development is done. Your dentist will be able to tell you when is appropriate in your case, or in your child’s circumstances. As a general rule, facial development in girls is complete by roughly age 16. A boy’s development is usually complete by approximately the age of 18.

The implant process

The process of getting dental implants varies from person to person since every individual’s circumstances and needs are different. Each treatment plan includes the following elements, however:

  • An assessment by your dentist

  • The placement of a titanium post (or more than one) into the jaw

  • Over roughly six months, the post will bond to your jaw through a process called osseointegration

  • After six weeks to a few months after the post was implanted, an abutment will be attached to your implant. The abutment is the element that attaches to your final restoration.

  • You and your dentist will select the ideal restoration — often a crown — attach to your abutment to replace your missing tooth (or teeth)

To confirm you are a good candidate for life-changing dental implants, contact a dental clinic in Delta to arrange an assessment as soon as possible.