Determining Candidates for Dental Implants

If you are struggling with the discomfort and inconvenience of tooth loss, you may be wondering if you are one of many candidates for dental implants. There are a number of factors that can affect your eligibility. These considerations include bone density, periodontal health, and other systemic conditions. When you visit our Hartford, CT, area practice, Dr. Steven M. Balloch and Dr. Joshua Lomke, will take x-rays and other images. With a detailed view of your teeth and oral structure, our dentists can determine whether implants are right for you. If necessary, we can provide vital periodontal care to restore your candidacy. Our team can also perform a preparatory bone grafting procedure to reverse bone loss.

Your Restorative Requirements

photo of a woman smiling in mirror at the dentistWhether you are missing one tooth or several, dental implants may be a good solution. Implants can uphold anything from a small crown to an entire denture. The number of teeth you have lost will determine the necessary number of posts. For example, if you are missing only one tooth, you will typically require a single implant topped by crown. To replace multiple teeth, your surgeon will set two to four posts to support a bridge. If you have lost all of your teeth, you may require four or more implants for a full upper or lower denture.

Jawbone Health and Size

Before recommending dental implants, your dentist will first evaluate your jawbone. Strong, dense tissue is essential for lasting restorations. Unfortunately, tooth loss will quickly result in bone deterioration. When the roots are not there to stimulate bone growth, your jaw will shrink. Placed in these recessed areas, implants could easily loosen and fail to fuse with the bone. In addition, if your sinuses have expanded or you have suffered bone loss in the upper jaw, dental implants can penetrate the sinus, causing significant issues.

To look for jaw degeneration or insufficient space for implants, Dr. Balloch and Dr. Lomke will take x-rays and scans. If you have suffered tissue loss, a qualified surgeon we work with can perform a bone graft or sinus lift. By placing a sample of your own tissue or donor tissue, we can often rebuild your jaw or gently raise the sinuses to restore your candidacy. In some cases, you may qualify for specialized types of dental implants, which can allow you to undergo treatment without any preparatory procedures.

Oral and Physical Health

Because dental implants require surgical placement, our doctors will also consider your overall wellness. The surgery is very safe for qualified patients, but if you suffer from certain health conditions, it may be difficult for you to heal properly. Therefore, during your consultation, be sure to mention any systemic conditions, such as an autoimmune disease, diabetes, or a bone disease. These concerns may not automatically disqualify you, but they are important factors. You should also alert our team if you are currently undergoing immune suppressant therapy or cancer treatment. Meanwhile, if you are a smoker considering implants, you should plan to quit. Smoking can increase your risk of implant failure.

We are dedicated to helping patients find the right dental implants treatment to restore their oral health and smile.

Periodontal disease will also play a role in your ability to receive implants. When gum disease goes untreated, the soft tissues will pull away from your jawbone, tooth roots, and implant posts. Thus, it can quickly lead to implant failure. Further, gum disease can affect your jaw, causing further bone recession. Fortunately, Drs. Balloch and Lomke offer thorough periodontal care. Once the condition is under control, you may be a great candidate for dental implants.

Find out if You Qualify

Our practice understands there many implant dentists to choose from, and strive to provide the highest level of care. We are dedicated to helping patients find the right dental implants treatment to restore their oral health and smile. To find out if implants are appropriate for you, contact our office online to book an appointment. You can also call (860) 659-8660 to speak with a member of our team.