Dental implants are the best replacement option for lost teeth. They look like natural teeth, require no special care, allow you to eat all your favorite foods, and can last a lifetime if properly cared for.

And even better news is that almost everyone is a candidate for dental implants.

The Ideal Candidate for Dental Implants

To get the best results from dental implants, a person should have:

  • Good oral health, including little or no gum disease
  • Good bone quantity and density in treatment area
  • Nonsmoker
  • Good general health

However, even if you’re not an ideal candidate, you may be able to get dental implants, it’ll just take longer and may require additional steps.

For patients with gum disease, we may want to treat your gum disease before making the dental implant procedure. Gum disease is the leading cause of natural tooth loss–and the leading cause of dental implant failure, so it’s best to treat it before starting the dental implant procedure.

If you don’t have enough bone in the treatment area, there are a few options. In some cases mini implants or angled implants may give good results. Other times we may want to do a bone graft or similar procedure before or at the same time as placing your dental implant.

If you are a smoker, you will have to quit at least temporarily before and after placement of your dental implant. For best results, it really is best to quit permanently. Smoking increases your risk of gum disease and can impact bone healing around the implant.

You will also need to talk to your doctor about your fitness for surgery before getting dental implants. In general, dental implant surgery is relatively low-risk, but it’s best to be sure.

Only One Way to Know for Sure

Although the above criteria can help you understand the factors that might impact your candidacy for dental implants, the only way to know for sure if you’re a candidate is to be evaluated by a dentist.

To find out if you can get dental implants, please call (702) 873-0324 for an appointment with Dr. James B. Polley, a dental implant dentist in Las Vegas.