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Who is a Candidate for Dental Implants

Posted on 6/5/2023 by Dr. Chad Rebhun
Who is a Candidate for Dental ImplantsDental implants are false teeth installed after one or multiple teeth loss. Dental implants are made of titanium. The root is usually a screw that is fastened onto the jawbone to hold the tooth upright. Dental implants require invasive surgery to install them. Your dental implant surgery will have a team of health professionals like periodontists, prosthodontists, an oral surgeon, and an ENT professional. They will first assess whether you are in the right condition for oral surgery. This is what determines whether you are a candidate for dental implants.

Healthy Condition

As a patient, your specialists want to be sure that your oral tissue is healthy before being operated. Your gums, therefore, need to be firm enough, and all surrounding tissues should be in good condition.

Your specialists will also want to know the health conditions you might have. This is to ascertain that no existing condition will affect the healing process of installed dental implants.

Bone Condition

Dental implants are usually drilled and held to your jawbone by a screw. The jawbone will therefore have to be enough to drill a screw through. If not, you will be eligible for a bone graft before the surgery.

Missing Tooth

A dental implant replaces a lost tooth or lost teeth. Therefore, you are eligible for dental implants if you have a tooth or more missing.

Good Oral Hygiene

Good oral hygiene involves the things you do to make sure your teeth and oral cavity remain healthy and clean. Maintaining oral hygiene reduces your risk of infections, making dental implant surgery easier.


Smoking is a habit that affects bone density and slows down the healing process, causing faster deterioration of dental implants. Smoking as a habit can cause both direct and indirect issues to your dental health.

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