Dental implants are one of the most popular solutions for missing teeth. With their natural look and appearance, it should come as no surprise that millions of people across the country are turning to implants.

However, while getting dental implants can give you a bright new smile, as well as newfound confidence, the procedure isn’t meant for everyone. Poor oral or physical health can decrease the effectiveness of the treatment.

To find out whether or not you’re the ideal candidate for dental implants, ask yourself some of the questions below:

  • Do I suffer from gum disease? If you suffer from gum disease, it may be harder for dentists to place implants. Dental implants require a strong jaw and healthy gums. While gum disease won’t eliminate your chances of getting dental implants, it is worth a consultation with a dentist who can see how serious your case is.
  • Do I smoke? Heavy smoking significantly increases your chances of a failed implant procedure. Smoking can cause peri-implantitis, which is an inflammatory disease in your gum tissue. It also causes bone loss around your implants.
  • Do I have diabetes? Dental implants are not entirely off-limits to patients with diabetes, but the risk of failure has been found to be much higher among patients with Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes. One of the major reasons for this is because of the length of time it takes for the surgical wound to heal. Those with uncontrolled diabetes have an even higher risk than those with controlled diabetes. It is worth speaking to your dentist about the risks.
  • Do I take care of my teeth and gums? Brushing and flossing every single day is the best way to ensure strong oral hygiene and prevent issues like gum disease. If your gums become infected following the placement of dental implants, it is possible for your gums to recede and for your implants to come loose.
  • Do I have enough vitamin D? Following a dental implant procedure, new bone needs to form around your implants. You need sufficient vitamin D to help this bone grow. To improve your vitamin D levels, get more sunlight, add fish to your diet, and drink more milk. Supplements are also available.
  • Are my bones strong? You need a strong jawbone to support new dental implants. If your jawbone is weak, your treatment has a higher risk of failure. At Affordable Dental Solutions, we can provide 3D x-rays using the Galileos Conebeam to get a better look at your jawbone and its health.

After you’ve asked yourself the questions above and considered your oral and physical health, it is worth giving our Lehigh Valley and Berks County dentists a call. They can discern once and for all whether you’re a candidate for dental implants, and walk you through the other treatments available to you.

Even if you don’t meet the criteria above, don’t worry! There are plenty of ways we can help you restore your smile!