Am I a Candidate for Dental Implants?
Another benefit of dental implants is that most people are candidates for the procedure. There are only three requirements for a candidate. You must be:
- Missing one or more teeth
- An adult whose jaw has stopped growing
- In good enough health for surgery
If you meet those requirements, you can get dental implants. There are some other factors we might consider that can impact the success of the procedure or may require additional treatments or time.
If you’re a smoker, you’ll have to quit smoking during the healing process for your implants, and it’s best if you quit smoking altogether. Smokers have a lower success rate.
People with gum disease may have to wait to get their gum disease treated before they get dental implants.
People without enough bone in the implant sites may need to have a separate bone graft procedure before they can get implants. Of course, All-on-4 is designed to work around low bone volume, and can help many people get implants without grafts.
Can Implants Really Last a Lifetime?
In dentistry, we usually talk about restorations as being “long-lasting,” because little that we can do will last forever. But with dental implants, they really can last a lifetime. Here’s what we mean.
The first person to get implants had his for more than 40 years before he passed away of unrelated causes. The second person to get dental implants still has them, more than 50 years after getting them placed. Long-term studies (30 years and more) have not identified a product lifetime where implants begin to fail in large numbers.
Taking all this together, and it’s clear that implants can potentially last you a lifetime with proper care.