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Dr. Tom Machnowski

Dr. Tom Machnowski

Am I a Candidate for Dental Implants?

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Are you missing any teeth? If so, it’s likely that you are weighing your different options for replacing those missing teeth. Of course, you can opt for a dental bridge if you have two teeth to act as anchors. You can also opt for partial dentures or full dentures if your entire jaw is missing. The options for replacing missing teeth are endless, however, none of them compare to dental implants. At Machnowski, DDS, we recommend dental implants as the first choice for patients with missing teeth. Before you make your restorative dentistry decision, find out if you are a good candidate for dental implants in Woodridge.

Candidates for Dental Implants Have Healthy Mouths

Before we can give you dental implants, we must first examine your mouth to determine that you are a good candidate for the procedure. One of the first things we look for is whether or not you have a healthy mouth. We will first look at your existing teeth to see if they need any tending to. If our dentist finds that you have tooth decay or other problems in your teeth, he may recommend that you restore your teeth or have them extracted before your dental implants procedure. In addition, we check out the health of your gums. If you have any signs of gum disease, we will not give you dental implants until your gums are completely healthy. This is because gum disease can cause dental implants to fail.

Candidates for Dental Implants Have Sufficient Bone Mass

Another factor we consider of candidates for dental implants is if they have enough bone mass in their jaw to hold the implants in place. The bone mass is what holds your natural teeth. It’s normal for bone mass to begin to go away after you lose your teeth. If you don’t have enough to hold the implants in place, we can give you a bone graft to help you become a candidate for dental implants. To find out if you have enough bone mass, we will need to give you a CT scan.

You Have Missing Teeth

This one might be obvious, but a good candidate for dental implants will need to have missing teeth. If you need to have a tooth extracted, your gums will need to be completely healed before we can give you a dental implant. Therefore to be a good candidate for dental implants, your teeth already need to be lost and your gums should be healed.

You are Generally Healthy

The last factor we consider to see if you are a good candidate for dental implants in Woodridge is if you are generally healthy. Good candidates must not be smokers, heavy drinkers or have any diseases or disorders that may affect healing. If not, the implants may fail if they are put in.

Visit our Woodridge Dental Office for Dental Implants Today

If you think that you could benefit from dental implants, get in touch with our dental implants dentist in Woodridge to schedule a consultation. We can be reached via phone or our online form. We look forward to helping you restore your teeth with dental implants.