What is required to have dental implants fitted? A brief guide from High Dental Implants
When looking for a way to replace that missing tooth or teeth in your mouth, you have probably heard of or come across oral implants.
Fitted into the jaw, these nifty pieces of metal resemble screws and act as a root for a prosthetic tooth or teeth. There are 4 different types of implants, with the most commonly used being endosteal, followed closely by the subperiosteal, zygomatic and mini or micro-implants. Depending on your suitability and your clinical presentation, our team will choose the most suitable type of implant for you.
Because at High Dental Implants, our team knows everything about dental implants in Melbourne. Having helped thousands of patients restore the aesthetics and the functionality of their smiles, our team has a wealth of experience and can help you to get the smile you deserve. Fantastic!
But before you rush off to book your consultation with us, it is worth being aware of the criteria required for you to be fitted with our dental implants in Melbourne.
Barring subperiosteal, all the other types of dental implants in Melbourne that we offer are fitted to the jawbone.
Therefore, it is necessary for our team to establish that the jaw that will have the implants fitted is thick and healthy enough to support implants. We will also take into account underlying issues which may impact on the implants, such as osteoporosis, which will cause your bone to degenerate.
Along with having a strong jaw, our team will need to assess the health of your gums.
Many patients are unaware of how gum disease like gingivitis can impact on the jaw and teeth, but in actuality, it can cause your teeth to fall out and your jawbone to become damaged.
If we suspect that you have untreated gum disease, this does not permanently exclude you from implants. We will treat the underlying ailment and then assess your suitability once your oral health is back in top-notch condition.
Physical health and underlying illnesses
As mentioned earlier, conditions such as osteoporosis can have a negative impact on the longevity of your oral implants.
However, there are many other conditions that our team will aim to screen you for at the initial consultation. Many patients assume that having diabetes excludes you from having implants fitted. This is only the case if your diabetes is poorly maintained.
If you have an autoimmune condition or are undertaking cancer treatment, your suppressed immune system is likely to delay the healing of the implants; while this may not be a problem, it can make the fusing process longer.
Smoking shortens the life of oral implants; it causes the gums to recede and increases the risk of oral cancer. Some dental teams will refuse to fit implants on patients who smoke.
Our team will aim to help you kick the habit before we begin fitting your implants, as we want your new smile to last a long time with no complications.
All treatment carries risks. Individual consultation is required with one of our practitioners to ensure that the treatment is right for you.