Am I a Candidate for Implant Dentistry?
According to the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS), 69% of adults aged 35-44 have lost at least one permenant tooth to gum disease, a failed root canal, tooth decay or an accident. By the age of 74, 26% of adults have lost all of their permanent teeth. In the United States, about 3 million people receive 5.5 million teeth implants each year and that number is increasing by an additional 500,000 more patients every year (American Academy of Implant Dentistry). Although tooth loss is obviously a very common problem, it not only an embarrassing condition but can lead to serious health problems. Fortunately today there are many effective treatment options for tooth replacements. And the preferred treatment for tooth loss is often teeth implants.
While tooth replacement procedures are very safe and effective solutions for tooth loss, there are many things to consider before undergoing teeth implants treatment. Dr. Buchheit and our implant dentistry staff at Koch Park Dental in Florissant will study your specific needs and situation to carefully determine the best treatment plan for you. We’ll need to focus on your general health condition and examine the local health condition of your jaws, gums, mouth and remaining teeth. There are a few health conditions that would deter the use of implant dentistry solutions. Age isn’t necessarily an issue as much as health. Heavy smokers, diabetics, osteoporosis sufferers, steroid users and patients with poor oral hygiene or weakened immune systems are at greater risk of resulting gum disease and increased long term failure of the teeth implants. Also children aren’t generally considered candidates for implant dentistry because their jaw bones have not yet matured.
The ideal candidate for teeth implants practices good oral hygiene and has good general and oral health. We’ll also need to make sure that you have adequate bone in your jaw to support the tooth replacement, and that your gum tissues are healthy and free from periodontal disease.
Implant dentistry has a very high success rate, generally over 95% and over 50 years of clinical research and history. However, as with any medical treatment requiring surgery, there will always be some risk of complications. Some of the possible complications of teeth implants include damage to remaining teeth, blood vessels or nerves, or infection at the implant site. Upper tooth replacement may result in sinus problems. Occasionally the jaw bone does not successfully fuse with the titanium teeth implants which requires removal, cleanup, tooth replacement and a longer healing time. But these sorts of complications are extremely rare. Overall implant dentistry is an extremely safe and preferred tooth replacement treatment.
Do you think you would be a good candidate for teeth implants? Contact Koch Park Dental if you would like to discuss your dental implant options and are in the St Louis area, from Florissant to Chesterfield MO.