Dental Implant Candidate Guide on the Gold Coast
Dental implants have many advantages, but there may be other treatments that are more suitable for your specific needs.
A dental implant is a fantastic way to re-establish the connection between your lost tooth and your gum line/jawbone, but this procedure requires a healthy candidate in order to have a high success rate. At Oasis Dental Studio, the health and wellbeing of each and every patient is our number one priority and we will not perform this procedure on anyone who we believe is not a suitable candidate.
Who isn’t suitable for dental implants?
If you are contemplating dental implant treatments as a solution to your tooth loss, at Oasis Dental Studio in Broadbeach, Southport and Palm Beach, we emphasise that you need to be an ideal candidate before the treatment can be conducted. While generally those who have lost one tooth, multiple or even all of their teeth are good candidates for this treatment, there are certain factors that may exclude a patient from being able to receive this treatment. These factors include:
- The presence of gum or periodontal diseases
- Inadequate amount of jaw bone (can be overcome in many cases)
- Certain medical conditions, medications or previous medical treatments
The reasons why someone with insufficient jawbone, gum disease or on certain medications is not a suitable candidate is because of the effect that these conditions can have on the ossteointegration process. This process is the bonding of the titanium implant to your jawbone, which in turn, requires healthy bone structure, thick and fleshy gums and no significant sensitivities while your jawbone is healing with the implant. The implant is made of a titanium (alloy) which is a biocompatible material so the chances of it being rejected by the body is minimal.
Who is Suitable for Dental Implants?
Generally, an ideal candidate for dental implant surgery is someone who:
- Has good dental and overall physical health – this helps Dr Andrew Firgaira ensure your body will be able to physically handle the surgery and heal properly.
- Has adequate bone in the jaw – this gives the dental implant something to fuse to, and a lack of bone will create a greater risk of implant failure. In the event you do not have enough jaw bone, a bone graft may be needed before any implant treatment can begin.
- Has healthy gum tissue that is free of periodontal (gum) disease – implants and gum tissue have an intimate relationship, and if gum disease is present the gums are more likely to recede and cause the implants to fail.
Dr Firgaira will expertly assess your mouth including the jaws, gums and teeth to identify any possible issues that may need to be addressed prior to treatment. By conducting a comprehensive examination of your dental condition he can identify any key issues or recommend your suitability for dental implant treatment. A thorough assessment of your medical history is also important in determining if any risk factors are present which may affect suitability for dental implant treatment.