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Chad M. Boustany D.D.S., M.S.

Who Is A Candidate For Dental Implants?


young black man from Charleston, West VirginiaIn spite of advancements in oral care over the past few decades, millions of citizens in the U.S. alone still suffer from tooth loss. Until relatively recently, the only available remedies for this problem were dental bridges and dentures. Thankfully, the science of dentistry has given us implants. Most people, regardless of age, are likely to qualify as candidates for dental implants, so long as they are in at least good health. Unfortunately, a minority of medical complications and conditions may prevent a patient from meeting the necessary criteria. In such cases, to go forward with the treatment would be risking their life.

At Revive Dental and Implant Center, we strive to make sure you have all the information needed to make an informed decision about whether implants are right for you. If you or a loved one are considering seeking one or multiple dental implants and wish to learn if you are a viable candidate, please call us to make an appointment and discuss your options with Dr. Chad Boustany at (304) 467-4265.

What Are Dental Implants?


An implant essentially replaces the job of your tooth roots. Constructed from a metal (typically titanium) post upon which an artificial crown is placed, it’s designed to provide a strong foundation for new permanent teeth or removable replacements. These crowns are modeled to resemble your natural chompers as closely as possible.

Am I A Candidate?


Only a few health conditions can render a patient medically compromised from being suitable for dental implant treatment. The bone in your jaw where teeth are missing is made stronger through the placement of implants. Osteoporosis (thinning of bone), a common issue for elderly patients, does not disqualify one from getting implant restorations. As said, age is almost never an obstacle.

What Makes A Good Candidate?


An ideal dental implant candidate should be in good oral and overall health. Specifically, the patient should meet the following criteria, including but not limited to adequate jawbone strength and density to support the implant, and healthy gum tissue free of periodontal (gum) disease. Even if you are an edentulous patient (person missing all or most of their teeth), there’s no cause for concern.

Because implants maintain the surrounding bone and prevent ridges from flattening as they often do once a tooth is lost, they won’t slip, slide or fall out like removable partial dentures can. If you already own dentures, just two implants can be applied under it for retention and support (We call this an overdenture).

What Makes A Candidate Not Ideal?


Most of the following conditions will not necessarily disqualify you from receiving implant treatment, but they could delay your surgery or make it more challenging to approach:
•  Lack of bone in the area of the missing tooth.
•  Presence of periodontal disease or decay.
•  Bite complications.
•  Poor general health.
•  If you are a smoker, your chances will be affected by how much you’ve smoked and for how long.
•  We’ll need to know if you’ve taken any medications over an extended period. Certain ones known to cause bleeding (Blood thinners, etc) will be taken into account.

Before implant treatment can be attempted, any of the above-listed complications your case matches will need to be corrected. For example, a bite problem must be treated before an implant procedure can begin.
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