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Most Patients with Missing Teeth Are Good Candidates for Dental Implants

In the past, factors such as bone loss and diabetes prevented patients who wanted dental implants from receiving treatment. But thanks to advancing studies in the field of implant dentistry, this is no longer the case. During your consultation at our Orlando, FL, office, Dr. Alfredo Gapuz will assess your overall health, perform high-resolution imaging, and conduct a thorough dental exam to identify and treat oral health concerns prior to dental implants. With a few exceptions, we find that most patients with missing teeth meet the requirements for dental implants

Are Dental Implants Right for You? 

Generally, dental implants are a good option if: 

  • You are missing one or more natural teeth
  • Your current bridge or denture is no longer fitting properly 
  • You want your restoration to look as natural as possible 
  • You can commit to a treatment spanning four to six months 
  • You are in good oral and overall health 

Many patients think they are too old to receive dental implants. While old age does not disqualify you from getting dental implants, young children and teens are not considered good candidates because their smiles are still developing and changing. 

How We Evaluate Your Candidacy 

During your consultation, we will perform: 

  • Imaging: X-rays and 3-D imaging allow Dr. Gapuz to assess the health of your jawbone and the position of your sinuses. Based on these images, we can determine whether a bone graft or sinus lift is necessary prior to implant treatment. 
  • Dental Exam: Your initial exam is an opportunity to diagnose and treat oral health concerns such as gum disease. Because periodontal disease increases your risk of implant failure, Dr. Gapuz will need to treat gum disease prior to your implant surgery. 

These assessments help us diagnose and treat preexisting issues to establish your candidacy for dental implants. ​

CBCT scanner
Our advanced technology allows us to precisely assess your implant candidacy.

Overcoming Obstacles

Although patients with deteriorated jawbone were previously considered ineligible for dental implants, advancements in dentistry have made treatment an option for virtually all patients. Dr. Gapuz can perform bone grafting prior to dental implants. During this procedure, he will use bone tissue to augment atrophied areas. This procedure is common and very effective.

Even if you are diabetic or a smoker, Dr. Gapuz can recommend lifestyle changes that restore your candidacy for dental implants.

According to a study performed by the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), more than half of patients receiving dental implants also needed bone grafting. In a separate study evaluating the efficacy of bone grafting, the NCBI found that the success rate of implants placed in grafted tissue was similar to the success rate of implants placed in natural bone

Conditions that Could Disqualify You 

In spite of the scientific advantages that have enabled candidates to overcome conditions such as bone loss, there are still certain conditions that could affect your candidacy for dental implants, including:  

  • Autoimmune deficiencies: Patients with autoimmune diseases, such as lupus, will have a more difficult time healing than other patients. 
  • Diabetes: Diabetic patients with uncontrolled glucose levels are at higher risk of dental implant complications and implant failure. However, studies have shown that dental implant survival rates are just as high in patients with controlled diabetes as patients without diabetes. 
  • Smoking: Dr. Gapuz recommends that patients quit smoking prior to dental implant surgery. Smoking has been linked to a higher risk of post-operative complications and implant failure
  • Drinking: Alcohol inhibits your body's healing abilities and could negatively impact the results of your surgery. 
  • Pregnancy: We recommend that pregnant patients wait until after delivery to undergo an elective surgical procedure. 
  • Certain medications: There are certain medications that can have negative interactions with prescriptions you may be given during your surgery or recovery. Therefore, you should bring a full list of your medications to your consultation.

If you have dental phobia or severe anxiety about surgical procedures, these psychological factors do not disqualify you from undergoing surgery. Dr. Gapuz can provide oral conscious sedation and NuCalm™ during your surgery. Both techniques can keep you calm and relaxed throughout your procedure.

Find Out If You Are a Good Candidate 

The only way to determine whether you are a good candidate for dental implants is to visit our office for a consultation. Even if you are diabetic or a smoker, Dr. Gapuz can recommend lifestyle changes that restore your candidacy for dental implants. To get started, schedule a consultation online or call us at (407) 251-5100. 

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