Are You a Candidate for Dental Implants?
Certain conditions can affect your candidacy for dental implants, including jawbone recession, diabetes, and a weakened immune system. Additionally, personal circumstances such as budget and a history of smoking may impact your decision.
By conducting an in-depth consultation at his Wichita, KS, practice, Dr. Byron J. Nordhus can help you determine whether you are a candidate for dental implants. During the examination, he will thoroughly evaluate your oral health and factor your medical history, budgetary constraints, and other concerns into his recommendations.
Do You Need Dental Implants?
If you have suffered tooth loss on any scale and have not replaced your lost teeth, or have a traditional restoration, it is highly recommended that you consider dental implants. These restorations provide unparalleled oral health benefits by stimulating your jawbone, which can prevent further jawbone recession. In turn, this can protect the surrounding hard and soft tissues that are necessary to support your remaining teeth. However, it is important to note that not every patient is a candidate for dental implants.
Health Factors That Impact Candidacy
There are certain health-related factors that can increase your risk of complications or even disqualify you for dental implants. These include:
- Jawbone Atrophy
- Jawbone atrophy occurs when the bone is no longer stimulated by tooth roots. As the jawbone recedes, the surrounding teeth begin to lose support, eventually becoming loose and falling out. Additionally, your cheeks will lose support becoming hollow, which can significantly age your appearance.
- In some cases, severe or uncontrolled diabetes can impair the bone's ability to heal. This can prevent proper osseointegration, or fusing of the jawbone with the dental implant post. As such, patients with diabetes are often at a higher risk for dental implant failure. However, proper pre-treatment planning and medication use can improve your candidacy.
- Autoimmune Disease
- Studies have shown that patients with autoimmune disease may be at risk of dental implant failure due to issues with osseointegration. However, this can vary from patient to patient and does not immediately disqualify you from treatment. During your consultation, the doctor can more closely evaluate your personal risk.
Dr. Nordhus can help you determine the best course of action to help you qualify for dental implants. He can even perform bone grafting to replace lost jawbone tissue. This can often restore your candidacy for dental implants.
Lifestyle Factors to Consider
Additionally, certain lifestyle habits such as smoking tobacco and alcohol consumption can undermine your ability to heal and increase your risk of dental implant failure. However, Dr. Nordhus can work with you to establish a plan to change these habits before and after your surgery in order to prevent complications.
While dental implants require a higher up-front, out-of-pocket cost, they are an investment in your future. If budgetary constraints are a serious decision factor for you, we accept financing through CareCredit and offer a five percent reduction for patients who pay in full, in cash, prior to treatment.
Serving Your Best Interests
To find out if you are a candidate for dental implants, contact us online or call us at (316) 721-6730 to schedule your consultation. Dr. Nordhus always strives to serve your best interests and will recommend the best treatment for your needs.
“Dr. Nordhus and the whole team are simply amazing. Humble, professional, and always a delight to work with. Highly recommend.” Derek W.