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Am I a Candidate for Dental Implants?candidate for dental implants

Missing permanent teeth is a cosmetic issue for some, but for anyone who has lost even a single tooth, it is a time to pursue qualified restorative dentistry. While it is understandable that a missing tooth (or several missing teeth) may embarrass you, the reality is that the spaces left behind can compromise your entire mouth. This is why Harold Krinsky, DDS in Forest Glen, IL wants his patients to learn if they are a candidate for dental implants.

Learning About Implant Dentistry

Emerging over the past decade, implant dentistry has actually been available for decades. Today, it has a remarkably high success rate (between 95-98%) and is a fantastic way to address the loss of teeth, use a bridge, or even keep costs under control when you require an entire set of upper or lower dentures. For instance, a few dental implants can serve as permanent anchors for implant supported dentures, giving you the benefits of implants with the lower cost of dentures.

But, how do you know if you are a candidate for dental implants? There are just a few criteria our patients must meet if they are to rely on implant dentistry.

Candidates for Dental Implants

  • Teeth and gums must be in good health
  • There must be adequate bone density to support the implants
  • Patients with untreated diabetes and autoimmune issues are unable to use implants
  • Certain cancer treatments disqualify you
  • Non-smokers are ideal candidates and we suggest giving up smoking if you would like implants

As your preferred dentist in Forest Glen, Dr. Krinsky also wants you to know that a candidate for dental implants is someone who understands what the process requires. For instance, you must still remain as dedicated to good oral hygiene as you have always been (getting regular exams and cleanings) and you must accept that it can be a lengthy process. There is time needed to heal from the initial implant, and if there is any bone grafting needed to build up bone density, it lengthens the time required.

If you accept the basic criteria and the other issues related to the treatment, you are a good candidate for dental implants.

Contact Our Forest Glen Dentist Office for Dental Implants and Restorative Dentistry

If you have additional questions about whether you are a candidate for dental implants, or about any of the other treatments mentioned here, give us a call at our Forest Glen, IL office at 773-685-9666. You can also use our online contact form and one of our staff will get back to you promptly.

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