Here at Paul L. Caputo, DDS, one of the most commonly asked questions we get is what makes a good dental implants candidate. The first step on the path to figuring this out is to schedule a no-obligation consultation with a qualified dental implants provider. However, in the most general terms, patients who are missing teeth and have good oral health are usually good candidates. Here is some more detailed information about what makes a good candidate for implant placement.
We recommend patients get a full examination with Dr. Caputo before any determination can be made about dental implant candidacy. This examination will allow us to look at your teeth, mouth, and jawbone to see if dental implants are the right tooth replacement treatment for you. In the most general terms, there are characteristics that ensure your dental implants will have the best chance for success. Accordingly, Dr. Caputo likes to see the following traits in his dental implant patients:
Not all patients with missing teeth make good candidates for dental implants. However, typically doctors need to examine a patient in detail prior to making a determination as to whether or not a patient can undergo dental implant treatment. Some patients that might have trouble with dental implants are smokers, diabetics, children who do not have fully developed jaws, patients with serious underlying health conditions, and patients with substance abuse problems.
Dental implants are a terrific solution for patients who are missing all the teeth on one arch or multiple arches. Additionally, this tooth replacement option can help keep dental ridges from losing density and flattening over time. This is a common occurrence for denture wearers. Dental implants also help restore healthy bite strength which lets patients get back to eating the foods they enjoy.
Regular dentist visits can tell your dentist a lot about your overall health, including whether or not you could be developing a serious problem like diabetes. Since most people have regular oral examinations, their dentist may be the first health care provider to diagnose a health problem in its early stages.
According to the Academy of General Dentistry, there is a close relationship between gum (periodontal) disease and health complications like strokes and heart disease. Women with gum disease also show higher incidences of pre-term and low birth-weight babies. Research also shows that more than 90 percent of all diseases involving your organs or the whole body have oral beginnings like swollen gums, mouth ulcers, dry mouth, and excessive gum problems. Some of these diseases include diabetes, leukemia, oral cancer, kidney disease, pancreatic cancer, and heart disease.
Just because you may fall into the less-preferred candidate category does not necessarily mean you are disqualified from getting dental implants. Here at Paul L. Caputo, DDS, we evaluate each patient for dental implants on a case-by-case basis. If you are a less-preferred candidate, supplemental procedures may be necessary before you can get dental implants. Please be sure to inform your doctor about all of your medical needs, health conditions, and medications you are taking. Only someone who has experience and many dental implant procedures under their belt can answer all your questions and anticipate what is best for your tooth replacement treatment. If you have additional questions, please seek out the care and consultation of an experienced dental implants provider like Dr. Caputo.
Still have questions about getting dental implants? Please feel free to read through our informative infosite. Then, once you have all the information you need, call our office in Palm Harbor, FL for a dental implants consultation. Now is the time to restore a healthy, functional, and beautiful smile with dental implants! Give us a call today to get started.
Dr. Paul L. Caputo
3490 East Lake Rd. Suite A
Palm Harbor, FL 34685
Monday: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Tuesday: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Wednesday: 8:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Thursday: 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Friday: 8:00 AM – 1:00 PM