Am I a Good Candidate for Dental Implants?

If you are missing teeth—one, a few or even all of the teeth along an entire arch—then replacement is critical not only to your oral health, but your general health, too. Just one missing tooth can lead to other oral problems including shifting teeth, gum disease and tooth decay. In addition, tooth loss is frequently connected to malnutrition—eating a balanced diet can be made difficult because of missing teeth—as well as reduced self-confidence in both social and professional scenarios. Thus, the need to replace missing teeth becomes imperative. Dr. Lackler and Dr. Haradon specialize in tooth replacement with dental implants and implant-retained dentures.

Of all the tooth replacement options, dental implants most closely mimic a natural tooth; an implant consists of a titanium post that is surgically set in the jawbone and a tooth restoration. Together, these two components replicate a real tooth. With a dental implant, patients enjoy a natural appearance and the security of a solid base.

Dental Implant Candidate Qualifications

Dr. Lackler or Dr. Haradon will be able to determine whether or not you are a qualified candidate for dental implants in Colorado Springs, CO. Most people are excellent candidates, but there are qualifications and precautions that make a successful dental implant more likely.

First, healthy gums are critical. Any signs of gum disease will need to be treated and reversed before the dental implant process can begin. Secondly, sufficient bone is a requirement. Because an implant is set in the jawbone, a recipient must have enough bone mass to firmly anchor the implanted post. In some patients, bone can be rebuilt, so a dental implant may still be a possibility. Finally, proper oral hygiene is critical once you’ve received an implant. Daily brushing and flossing as well as regular dental checkups will go a long way to maintaining the integrity of the implants as well as the health of surrounding teeth and gums.

Dental implants may not be an optimal choice for certain people, including:

  • A young person whose jawbone is still growing
  • A woman who is pregnant
  • A smoker, because smoke interferes with the healing process in your mouth
  • A person who has received high-dose radiation therapy around the neck, jaw and head
  • A person with bruxism, or teeth grinding and clenching, which may put too much pressure on an implant and cause it to fail

We serve patients in Colorado Springs and all surrounding communities. If you need dental implants or other periodontal services, request your appointment at Rocky Mountain Periodontal Specialists.