Years ago, the requirements for getting dental implants used to be far stricter than they are today. In fact, newer adaptions of dental implant design, materials, and placement protocols have made them an option for more people than ever. Even if you had a consultation a decade ago and were told you don’t qualify for implants, that may no longer be the case.
Adequate Bone Support
You need a certain amount of bone structure in your jaw to support an implant. Thanks to 3D scanning, Dr. Saunders can evaluate your jaws from various angles, measuring the density and size to ensure that there’s room for the implant to rest inside of your mouth. If you don’t have enough bone, we can use the 3D replica to locate other areas of your jaw for the implant site, or even perform bone augmentation where new height/width is added to the jaw, making room for the implant prior to surgery.
Dr. Saunders will want to walk through your health background, including recent surgeries, hospitalizations, and medications that you’re taking. Certain types of medical issues or prescriptions could interfere with the success of your dental implant placement, making the process less predictable.
Similarly, smoking and using tobacco products — or being a diabetic — can pose additional challenges for an implant case. Both of these situations can make it more challenging for your mouth and body to heal the way we would like. Dr. Saunders will want to assess your needs on a case-by-case basis.
No Active Gum Disease
The leading cause of implant failure is a condition known as “peri-implantitis.” Essentially, it’s the implant form of gum disease. So, if you have active periodontal infections, our Conroe gum specialist will need to treat your existing oral condition and establish a healthy environment before it’s time for your implant surgery. At that point, you’ll want to have excellent oral hygiene to make sure your gums and bone continue to stay healthy. With a great preventative care plan and ongoing prophylactic appointments, it’s possible!
The Experience of Your Implant Dentist
Some dentists don’t offer implants to certain patients because the situation requires more experience, technology, or skill than what they’re comfortable with or have access to. That doesn’t necessarily mean you won’t qualify for dental implants. If you’re looking for a specialist in The Woodlands who has the added resources to make dental implants a possibility, you’ll want to talk to our Conroe periodontist.
Dr. Saunders has been placing dental implants for over 30 years. His extensive experience means he knows what works (or won’t) when it comes to unique patient cases who might not otherwise qualify for implant treatment.