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Am I a Candidate for Dental Implants?
Houston, TX

Elderly woman enjoying her new smile at Alexandra Garcia, DDS, MS in Houston, TX 77056-3204An estimated 178 million Americans are missing at least one tooth. Tooth loss can have functional, health, and esthetics repercussions for you. Fortunately, dental implants are a good option for people who require replacement teeth.
Let us find out if you are a good candidate for dental implants:

Good Candidates for Dental Implants

Typically, adults who have a fully matured jaw and have generally good oral health are good candidates for dental implants procedure. A more comprehensive list of people qualified to have these prosthetics is given below:
•  People who have healthy gum tissue free from periodontal disease.
•  People who have sufficient jawbone to support the implant. In case you have low-density bone, a simple and minimally-invasive bone grafting procedure can be performed to increase the quantity and quality of your jawbone.
•  People who have been using dental bridges and dentures and want more comfortable and durable replacement teeth.
•  People who are committed to good oral hygiene and lifestyle habits. It is important to keep your mouth clean and disease-free for the success of your dental implant. That is why we strongly recommend that you do not miss any routine dental appointments.

People Who Require More Consideration Before Getting Dental Implants

Some people may face complications if they undergo dental implant surgery because of their lifestyle habits or due to some medical conditions. These include:
•  People who are heavy smokers and consume excess alcohol: These people may not be dedicated to good oral hygiene and health and have a high risk of oral diseases. If they require dental implants, they need to quit these habits first.
•  People with blood-related disorders: People who suffer from hemophilia or other diseases that interfere with blood clotting may not be good candidates for dental implant surgery.
•  People with uncontrolled diabetes: This can result in slow healing and such people are more vulnerable to infections and tissue necrosis. Diabetes also may pose complications during osseointegration.
•  People who have cancer: People who are undergoing radiation therapy to the head, mouth, or neck region may not be good candidates for dental implants.
•  People with lowered immunity: People who have immunity-related diseases like HIV or who are undergoing organ transplant surgery may require additional consideration if they require dental implants.
•  People who grind their teeth: People who have a habit of clenching their jaw or who suffer from bruxism may exert too much pressure on dental implants that can shift them out of position. This can result in dental implant failure.
•  Pregnant women: Since pregnant women undergo hormonal changes that can increase the risk of infection and slow healing, it may not be suitable for them to have a dental implant surgery while they are pregnant.

Keep in mind, though, that many of the people mentioned above may still be able to get dental implant surgery if they are treated for their conditions or if they delay surgery. At Alexandra Garcia, DDS, MS, Dr. Garcia and Dr. Alexandra Garcia we can check your medical records and the health of your mouth to determine whether dental implant surgery is a viable tooth replacement option for you. Your age is not a reason to postpone, you're almost never too old for dental implants.

If you are interested in getting dental implants, call us at (346) 250-2930 today to get an appointment with us.
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Houston, TX 77056-3204


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Candidates for dental implants are typically adults who have a fully matured jaw and have generally good oral health. Call Alexandra Garcia, DDS, MS!
Alexandra Garcia, DDS, MS, 777 Post Oak Blvd, Suite 625, Houston, TX 77056 ^ (346) 250-2930 ^ ^ 2/6/2023 ^ Tags: dental implants Houston TX ^