Who Is a Good Candidate for Dental Implants?

Charles Zebe, DMD, has undergone hundreds of hours of advanced education beyond dental school to gain expertise in state-of-the art cosmetic dentistry procedures. His education, experience, and compassionate manner have made Dr. Charles Zebe a sought-after provider of dental implant crowns in the Mercerville, New Jersey, area.

Dental implants are the most advanced method of tooth replacement, offering stability and a natural feel unmatched by dentures. Not everyone is an ideal candidate for implants, however. Patients considering the procedure need to have healthy gums and enough dense bone tissue in the jaw to support the implants. Those without adequate bone tissue may still be good candidates for implants if they first undergo a grafting procedure to rebuild the alveolar bone.

Patients who wish to have implants placed must also have a strong commitment to keeping their teeth and gums healthy with diligent oral hygiene at home and regular dental visits. Smokers are not ideal candidates because smoking inhibits proper healing and is a major cause of dental implant failure.

Chronic health conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, hemophilia, or immune disorders may prevent a patient from undergoing implant placement, but a lot depends on the severity of the condition and how well it is controlled. The implant dentist evaluates each patient on a case-by-case basis to determine candidacy.