Who Is a Candidate for Dental Implants ?

In general, anyone missing at least one tooth and healthy enough to undergo routine dental treatment, including tooth extraction, is probably able to undergo dental implant treatment. There are some medical conditions that warrant special consideration before placing dental implants. Certain chronic diseases, heavy smoking or alcohol abuse may contraindicate dental implant treatment.

If you already wear dentures but are psychologically uncomfortable with them (e.g. You lack confidence due to the appearance or poor fit of your false teeth) or find them physically diffcult (e.g. You cannot taste food properly due to the dentures), you should consider implants. You are never too old to get dental implants.

There are two things to keep in mind, however, when considering dental implants. First, they may not be covered by your dental insurance, although that is currently changing. Second, you will need to have the patience to wait three to eighteen months for the entire dental implant process to be completed, depending on the type of restoration that will best serve your needs.