Who is a Candidate for Dental Implants?
Most of our patients are candidates for the minimally invasive surgical placement of dental implants. There are a few things we look for, which often do not necessarily have to do with age or health. Our team at Smiles of Tulsa can help you have improved oral health and restore your ability to chew when you have missing teeth with the insertion of a dental implant. We invite you to learn more about the process and what we need in order for you to be a candidate.
Dental implant surgery is minimally invasive. This means that we make small cuts that cause very little trauma to the body. Because of this, implant surgery is often approved for patients who are medically fragile, older, or have been missing teeth for years. There are just a couple of aspects that we need to cover before surgery can be performed.
||Preparation: Before a patient can have implants placed, we need their oral structure to be prepared. This may include the removal of unhealthy teeth, gaining control of gum disease, and ensuring that they have enough tissue for placement. For most patients, this will include bone graft surgery. The loss of teeth almost always includes the loss of bone mass in the jaw. We need to bulk up that bone to have sufficient material to hold the implant in place. A bone graft procedure is simple. We may use bone from the patient, use synthetic bone, or use donated bone. We place a tiny bit of bone material at the site to induce new growth. Following the graft, healing or growing of bone can be long. It may take three to six months before sufficient bone is available.
||Ability to Heal: The most common reason a person may be temporarily denied implant surgery is due to the inability to heal appropriately. Healing is vital to the success of the implant. We need the bone to grow up and around the implant to fuse the bone and implant together. There are some medical and environmental reasons that can limit healing. Medical problems such as uncontrolled diabetes, cancer treatment, or medications that can slow healing, can all be reasons to not approve candidacy. Smoking tobacco, marijuana, other inhalants, or large consumption of alcohol can also cause healing to be less effective. All of these reasons can be worked around with time or adjustments with your physician. We are happy to discuss this in further detail specific to you.
Dental implants are a great treatment option following the loss of teeth. It has become the most recommended procedure in tooth restoration. We can help you become a better candidate for surgery by offering tips, information, and support. In many cases, a simple phone call for a medication adjustment from your physician makes all the difference. Ask our team for more information at (918) 891-3059. Together, we can help you have healthier bone, teeth, and gums.