When Dental Implants Are Needed

Dental implants are a big deal. One of the reasons for this is because of the high demand — 69 percent of all adults between age 35-44 have lost one tooth according to the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons. Take note of the age group, age 35-44 here — not exactly the elderly segment we expect.

While the dental implant success rate is high (the American Academy of Implant Dentistry reports 98 percent), it’s still important to take your time when deciding to get an implant.

Who Needs Them?

In short, dental implants are perfect for people with a missing tooth or a few missing teeth. If your teeth are damaged but still in tact, your dentist will likely try to salvage the tooth before going for an implant. If they majority of your teeth are missing, dentures might be a better option.

Things To Consider

  • For younger patients, it’s important that the jaw bone is finished growing. A sampling of dentist on OsseoNews believe that the late teens and early twenties are the earliest ages for dental implants.
  • Is your jaw bone strong enough to support an implant? Poor bone quality has often been found to be the cause according to reports released by the National Center for Biotechnology Information. Sometimes bone grafting is necessary. This process involves using the patient’s own bone tissue or tissue from an animal build up the site for the implant.
  • Do you want to avoid full dentures if possible? Dental implants are often used before resorting to full dentures when possible.
  • Are you looking for a permanent, long-term solution? Dentists estimate that bridges need to be replaced every 10 to 15 years.

High-Risk Patients

If you suffer from uncontrolled diabetes, cancer, radiation, smoking, alcoholism or severe gum disease , it might be difficult for your dental implant to fuse to your jaw bone according to the International Congress of Oral Implantologists. Those who struggle with bruxism (teeth grinding) are need to consider implants with caution.

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