Are you wondering what makes someone a good candidate for this tooth replacement?
If you’ve just had a tooth extracted then chances are good that our West Houston, TX, dentist Dr. June Goodall has started talking to you about different ways to replace the missing tooth. After all, the sooner you replace the tooth the better for your oral health. Of course, before deciding whether dental implants are right for you, you’ll need to understand more about them and what makes someone an ideal candidate for this restoration.
What is a dental implant?
This small titanium tapered post is designed to take the place of your missing tooth’s roots. The roots of your teeth are an integral part of your oral health, providing your jawbone with the stimulation it needs to remain strong.
Without this stimulation, the jawbone will begin to deteriorate. The only way to prevent bone loss is by placing a dental implant. An implant even fuses together with the jawbone and gum tissue to become a permanent and stable foundation from which to support a false tooth.
Am I a good candidate for dental implants?
There are many things to consider before getting dental implants in West Houston. Of course, the first step is to schedule a consultation so that Dr. Goodall can sit down with you and help you decide the best tooth loss treatment to fit your specific needs. Some factors that determine your candidacy for implants include,
Your oral health: We will need to make sure that your mouth is healthy enough to receive implants. Since we will need to place the implant into the jawbone, we will also need to run X-rays to make sure that the jawbone is dense enough to support your restoration.
Your overall health: We will also need to go through your detailed medical history to make sure that there aren’t any conditions that could impact your recovery process or implant surgery. For example, conditions such as heart disease or diabetes can slow the healing process, which can delay your treatment. We will want to make sure that you have these conditions under control.
Other factors that affect your candidacy include:
- Your oral hygiene
- Your dedication to treatment
- Your budget/financial constraints
- Your lifestyle and habits (e.g. smoking; pregnancy)
If you are dealing with tooth loss in West Houston, TX, and want to learn more about dental implants and whether they are right for you then call our office today to schedule your consultation. We would be happy to discuss your tooth replacement options with you.