What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are one of several options available for replacing missing teeth. Other alternatives include removable dentures and fixed bridgework.
Dental implants are generally made from titanium and are surgically placed into the jaw bone under local anaesthesia. It functions like the root for your missing tooth and holds an implant crown which is attached to it during a later procedure.
Am I a suitable candidate for implant placement?
The ideal candidate for a dental implant is one who is in good general and oral health.
Your dentist will evaluate various factors in order to determine whether you are suitable for implant therapy, and whether placing dental implants is the best option for you.
Medical conditions such as uncontrolled diabetes and habits such as smoking may affect the success of implant therapy. Sufficient quality and quantity of bone is also required to support an implant. In certain cases where this is less-than-ideal, additional local site grafting/augmentation procedures may be required prior to implant placement. Additionally, the presence of untreated pre-existing dental disease such as periodontal disease (gum disease) can increase the risk of implant failure in the long-term.