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How to Determine if You Can Get Dental Implants

Dental Implants Are an Option for Most People

If you have missing teeth and are considering dental implants, chances are you can qualify for this transformative tooth replacement solution. The best candidates are adults in good physical health with no underlying infection or disease, as well as sufficient bone in their jaw. But even if you have an existing medical condition, multiple missing teeth, or more extensive bone loss, Dr. Brett M. Shigley can help you become a candidate for dental implants in Powdersville, SC. As an oral and maxillofacial surgeon, Dr. Shigley has extensive experience placing dental implants and the clinical expertise to manage complex cases and potential complications. If you’re unsure whether you qualify for dental implants or another practice said you don’t, we invite you to schedule a consultation at Magnolia Falls Oral Surgery & Dental Implant Center. Dr. Shigley is dedicated to helping you become a good candidate for dental implants in Powdersville, SC with a personalized approach coupled with the right experience and technology.

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To prevent the following mistakes and minimize the risk of complications and implant failure, it’s crucial to consult with an experienced and top-rated implant expert. Five issues to beware of when you’re considering dental implants:

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Dental Implant Experience Matters

As a more complex treatment than other restorative solutions, dental implants require greater experience and skills, and even more so for full mouth dental implants. Even if you don’t have any of the above issues, it’s important to seek treatment from an experienced oral surgeon with expertise in preparatory treatments (e.g. bone grafting) and dental implant placement. Prior to getting dental implants, bone loss or oral infections must be resolved to prevent complications and help ensure proper fusion with your jawbone. Dr. Shigley has proven experience in bone grafting and placing dental implants and regularly attends advanced courses to stay apprised of the latest innovations. He leverages state-of-the-art digital software and surgical technologies to deliver highly precise and accurate treatment with long-lasting results.

Determining Your Implant Candidacy

The best way to determine whether you‘re a good candidate for implant dentistry is to visit a highly qualified oral surgeon with dental implant expertise. A professional with extensive experience like Dr. Shigley will assess whether dental implants are the best solution for your smile based on the following criteria.

While age alone doesn’t exclude you from being a candidate for dental implants, it’s an important prognostic factor. Studies have indicated advanced age increases the risk of implant failure. This is due to the fact that older patients are more prone to systemic health conditions, poor jaw bone health, and potentially longer healing times.

When you consider that periodontal disease is the number one cause of adult tooth loss, it makes sense this condition would also impact artificial tooth roots. Dental implants need a healthy oral environment for successful long-term fusion with your jawbone. If infection is present, this can damage both your gum tissue and bone. As such, active gum disease must be resolved before dental implants are considered.

Through a process called osseointegration, dental implants fuse with your jawbone. In the absence of proper density and volume, a dental implant can’t integrate with your jawbone, therefore, it won’t provide secure support for a new tooth. Bone needs to be rebuilt and strengthened through bone grafting before dental implants are placed.

Underlying medical conditions, especially if improperly controlled (e.g. diabetes, hyperglycemia, hyperthyroidism, and immune system disorders) make it more difficult for your body to heal after surgery and also increase the risk of postsurgical infection. Osteoporosis is another condition that can impact the success of dental implants, especially in patients that have been on long-term bisphosphonate therapy. Although having these conditions doesn’t mean you can’t get dental implants, adjusting your treatment plan will improve the chances of a successful outcome.

Multiple studies show dental implants have a lower success rate in smokers. Smoking affects your oral and general health, including low infection resistance and delayed wound healing. Smoking negatively impacts fusion of dental implants in the jawbone by lowering blood flow, while the harmful residues from tobacco delay wound healing and hamper new cell growth.

Delivering Customized Solutions for Your Unique Needs

Unlike some dental implant centers that focus on volume and view patients as numbers, when you choose Magnolia Falls Oral Surgery & Dental Implant Center, it’s all about your unique needs and personality. We’ll ask you why you’re considering dental implants and discuss how this solution addresses both your cosmetic and functional goals. Dr. Shigley has a proven track record helping patients become candidates for dental implants and achieving successful outcomes. 

Our team is dedicated to providing you with superior patient experience and a rejuvenated smile that exceeds your expectations! Start your journey to a new smile with a personalized consultation and evaluation. We’re dedicated to helping you become a good candidate for dental implants in Powdersville, SC because we believe everyone deserves the life-changing benefits they provide!

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