Do you have a missing tooth, or perhaps an entire mouth full of missing teeth? If the answer is yes, well, you have the first requirement for being a good candidate for dental implants in Kailua-Kona. Dental implants are one of the best restorative dentistry options out there for patients with missing teeth who want to experience the feeling of natural teeth once again with their restorations. Carter Yokoyama, DDS in Kailua-Kona is happy to provide dental implants to patients who are excellent candidates for dental implants.
You Have Missing Teeth
One of the first requirements for dental implants is that you have missing teeth. Dental implants are what will hold your false teeth in place if you have missing teeth. Patients who are going to have teeth pulled in the future will need their gums to heal before they can start the process for dental implants. Dental implants can replace single missing teeth as well as multiple missing teeth. The false tooth root is surgically inserted into your jaw and is then attached to a dental crown, bridge or to dentures to replace your missing teeth.
You Have the Needed Bone Mass
Proper candidates for dental implants are required to have a certain amount of bone mass in their jaw before we can give you the surgery for dental implants. To find out if you are a candidate for dental implants, we will need to give you a CT scan which will show us how your bone mass is doing. If we find that there is enough to hold the implants in place, we can give you the green light. If we don’t see enough, we will suggest that you undergo a bone graft first. Bone mass is needed in the jaw to hold the implants in place, otherwise, they will just fall out.
You Don’t Smoke and Don’t Have Certain Health Conditions
When it comes to the dental implants healing properly, you will need to quit smoking. This is because smoking interferes with the healing process and can make your implants fail. In addition, patients must be free of certain diseases that may interfere with the healing process. Our dentist will go through a list with you to make sure that you are a good candidate.
Your Gums are Healthy
The last requirement to be a good candidate for dental implants is that you have healthy gums. Healthy gums are needed because your gums play a large role in holding the implants in place. If you have gum disease and undergo dental implants surgery, it’s likely that the implants will fail and fall out, thus wasting your money. Before we can give you the surgery for dental implants, we must first verify that your gums are healthy enough.
Visit Our Kailua-Kona Dentist for Dental Implants Today
If you think that you would be a good candidate for dental implants in Kailua-Kona, please give our dental office a call to schedule your consultation today. Our dentist is happy to meet with you to discuss if dental implants are the right choice for you.