Are you wondering if you’re a candidate for dental implants? Are you missing one or more teeth? Dental implants are by far the best way to replace a missing tooth and they have a 97% success rate.

    The short answer to this question is: Anyone who is healthy enough to undergo a tooth extraction is likely a suitable candidate for dental implants. However, these are certain contraindications that may complicate or prohibit implant treatment. Patients with certain conditions, such as chronic diseases, heavy smoking or alcohol abuse may not be candidates for implants. Your doctor will determine whether or not this treatment is right for you after a complete physical exam and evaluation of your medical history.

    Are your gums and bone healthy?

    Having healthy gums and bone is something we look for to see if someone is a candidate. Are your gums healthy? Do you have good oral hygiene habits? Do you brush and floss twice daily? Are you healthy enough to undergo a tooth extraction? If these are all true, then you are very likely a candidate for dental implants.

    Whether you’re just missing one tooth, several teeth, or even all of your teeth, dental implants are, by far, the best way to replace them. They look, feel and function just like natural teeth.

    Who would be considered an “At Risk” patient?

    There are a few health problems that may preclude you from being a candidate for implants, including hemophelia, cancer, uncontrolled diabetes and autoimmune disorders. These can raise the failure rate because they all affect your body’s ability to heal.

    However, if you fall into this category, don’t immediately count yourself out. We will do a complete medical history review and determine

    Do You Practice Good Oral Hygiene?

    Although most people are good candidates, oral health is an important component to a successful outcome. A good candidate is someone who:

    • Has healthy gums
    • Has enough bone to support the implants

    Why Does Oral Health Matter?

    Having good oral health is important because if your jaw isn’t healthy enough for the implants to integrate with the bone, it raises the risk of implant failure. If you suffer from periodontal disease or have had extensive bone loss due to either gum disease or missing teeth, your implants may be at risk. Especially if the pattern of bone loss continues and the gums aren’t maintained in a healthy state.

    Dr. McFadden is double board certified, both in Prosthodontics and an Implantology: A distinction held by less than 20 dentists in the US. 

    If you think you might be a candidate and would like to get more information, CONTACT US here, or call us at 214-956-9100 and schedule an appointment.

    Our consultation is complimentary.