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Advanced Technology and Care to Determine Dental Implant Candidates

By Alfredo M. Gapuz, Jr., DMD on December 10, 2017

Dental implant placementWhen it comes to dental restorations, Dr. Alfredo Gapuz proudly offers a wide range of options to meet all budgets, health needs, and cosmetic goals. Dental implants are among the most popular options at his Orlando, FL office because they are the most stable and realistic solution.

Implants are titanium posts that replace missing dental roots to support custom-designed prosthetics. Because they sit directly in the jawbone, they require surgery. This procedure is extremely safe, but you must meet certain health conditions to qualify for treatment.

Dr. Gapuz will consider your systemic and oral health at an initial consultation. He will also use his ultramodern imaging technology to examine your jawbone and assess your candidacy for treatment. With new developments in oral surgery, the vast majority of individuals qualify for implants. If Dr. Gapuz determines that implants are not appropriate for you, he can suggest an alternative restoration that will still be highly lifelike.

Your Restorative Needs

Implants can be an outstanding way to replace one or more teeth. They may be appropriate if you have suffered long-term tooth loss or you have recently lost teeth after extraction. In fact, in the latter case, they can be especially beneficial. Placed immediately after your extraction, implants can prevent jawbone recession and further tooth loss.

The number of teeth you are missing will determine the right number of implants and the right size of restoration. If you are missing one tooth, a single implant topped by a crown will be sufficient. If you have lost several teeth, you may qualify for a bridge supported by two or more implants. Implants can even help to replace all your teeth by supporting a full denture.

Overall Health Considerations

No matter the size of your restoration, you must be in good health to qualify for implant surgery. The procedure is incredibly safe and poses negligible long-term risks. However, certain health conditions can make it difficult to heal or raise your risk for infection.

These conditions include:

  • Diabetes
  • An autoimmune disease
  • A blood disorder
  • Osteoporosis (depending on the medications you take)

Your periodontal health is another important concern. If you suffer from moderate to advanced gum disease, this may affect your candidacy for implants. Periodontitis can cause your gums to recede, eventually pulling away from the posts. This could compromise their longevity and eventually cause them to fall out.

Finally, smoking is another factor that can affect your eligibility. Tobacco use makes it more difficult to heal after surgery, so you will need to quit for at least several weeks prior to your procedure. Smoking also raises your risk for gum disease. Therefore, stopping completely can help to protect your implants, as well as your long-term wellness.

Dental Implants and Your Jawbone Health

Finally, Dr. Gapuz will consider the strength and structure of your jawbone. Because implants sit directly in the bone, your jaw must be able to provide enough support.

Regrettably, bone loss is one of the most common side effects of tooth loss. Even if you have only been missing teeth for a short time, your jawbone may have receded significantly. Dr. Gapuz will examine your mouth with x-rays and 3-D imaging to look for signs of bone loss.

Fortunately, bone grafting has become more common and successful than ever before. During this procedure, your oral surgeon will restore the natural shape of your jaw by placing a sample of tissue over the compromised areas. This new tissue will integrate with the surrounding bone, strengthening it so that it can support implant posts. When you have healed from this initial procedure, Dr. Gapuz can successfully place your new dental implants.

Contact Us to Find Out if You Are a Candidate for Dental Implants

If you are wondering whether implants are right for you, we are happy to provide a no-obligation consultation. Contact us online to schedule an appointment.

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