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Dental Implants Considerations - Who Is a Candidate?


Confused young caucasian woman holding her hands up in questionAre you missing your teeth? Gwinnett Dental Implant & Periodontal Center, can help you to replace them using various dental solutions. Dental implant placement is one of these solutions, which provides you with a prosthetic, but attractive, natural looking set of new teeth. However, while dental implants can be ideal for anyone who has lost their teeth, there are certain conditions required to become an ideal candidate for the treatment.

Who is an Ideal Dental Implant Candidate?


To get dental implants, you must have lost at least one tooth, or have one or more teeth badly damaged beyond repair – thus requiring extraction. Implants can also be used for replacing healthy, but problematic teeth – for example, impacted teeth or overgrown teeth.

However, before giving you the implants, we evaluate your oral and general health status. This helps to ensure that the Dental Implant placement will proceed perfectly without complications and to ensure a high chance of success (no implant failure). Following the evaluation, we will only recommend dental implants if you:
•  Have perfect oral health – not suffering from oral health conditions such as gum disease, infection of the gum tissue and the jawbone, bruxism, and other dental problems.
•  Your jawbone is healthy and has sufficient mass – your jawbone structure must be intact – no bone loss. The area where the implants are to be placed must also have sufficient bone structure.
•  You are in great overall health – implant placement is a surgical procedure. As a result, your body must be able to handle the surgery (without risk of complications). You should also be able to heal properly without the risks of after-surgery complications due to poor health. Therefore, if you are suffering from serious medical issues, dental implant placement might not be ideal for you.

Aside from these qualifications, there are also other factors that we consider before determining if the treatment is right. For example, you might not be an ideal dental implant candidate if you are:
•  A child whose jawbone is still growing.
•  A pregnant woman.
•  An excessive smoker.

What Happens When You are not an Ideal Candidate?


Not being an ideal candidate for dental implants can be disheartening, but there are other solutions that are available. These include:
•  Dental treatments to remedy oral health problems – it is possible to treat the dental health problem making you not to be an ideal candidate using other dental treatments. For example, if you are suffering from bone loss, bone damage, or insufficient jawbone, the problem can be remedied using bone grafting surgeries. Other treatment solutions that can help to make you an ideal candidate include gum disease treatment, tissue regeneration surgery, bruxism treatments, and others.
•  Alternative teeth replacement solutions – in some cases, the problem disqualifying you from dental implant procedure can be permanent or long-term, for example, serious health conditions such as cancer, AIDs, being an organ transplant recipient. In this case, we can offer you alternative tooth replacement solutions such as dentures or fixed bridges.

Are you looking for a solution to your missing or damaged teeth? The Dental Implant solutions from Gwinnett Dental Implant & Periodontal Center might be just what you are looking for. Call us today at (470) 222-8983 to schedule an appointment and find out if you are an ideal candidate for the procedure.

Gwinnett Dental Implant & Periodontal Center


Dr. Melody J. Schiffer &
Dr. M. Forest Butler



(470) 222-8983

320 Killian Hill Road NW
Lilburn, GA 30047-3809


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