Dental Implant Candidacy

LVI-Trained Dentist Serving Oakton, Vienna, McLean and Nearby Northern Virginia

Dr. Michael Chung looks at photos with a patient during a consultation

Dental implants are one of the most effective ways to replace missing teeth. The restoration provides durability, comfort and longevity.

Dr. Michael Chung can determine if dental implants is right for you. Most people are candidates for dental implants, although certain conditions may influence the success of your dental implant procedure. Get you free evaluation by calling 703-319-6990 today.

Are You a Candidate for Dental Implants?

Although just about anyone can be a dental implant candidate, factors affecting your candidacy may include:

  • Missing a single tooth, multiple teeth, or all of your teeth
  • Adequate bone density in which to place the implant
  • Healthy gums free from periodontal disease
  • Good overall physical health

Determining your candidacy for dental implants is important because of the risk of failure for this procedure. Dental implants work by integrating with the bone and gums in your mouth. By making sure you are a good candidate before your procedure, Dr. Chung is preventing the risk that these supportive structures will reject the dental implant – but it is important to note that dental implants have a success rate over 95 percent.

Complete healing and integration of the bone with the implant are critical components to the success of the procedure. Certain health conditions, including heart disease, diabetes and gum disease, make it difficult for your body to heal properly after your dental implants are placed.

Becoming a Dental Implant Candidate

Even if some of these non-candidate conditions apply to you, an experienced implant dentist can help you manage these issues so that you can enjoy a successful procedure. Depending on your unique circumstances, Dr. Chung may recommend:

  • Bone grafting
  • Certain dental or medical treatments
  • Quitting smoking

Bone grafting may be used if the bone beneath your teeth is lacking density and unable to support the dental implant. In this type of procedure, donor bone or bone from elsewhere on your body is moved to the deficient area of your jaw.

If you have certain health conditions, Dr. Chung may ask you about your current management of the condition. You may still be a good dental implant candidate even if you are living with one of these conditions. If you have gum disease, Dr. Chung may need to treat the infection and ensure your gums are healthy before a dental implant can be placed.

If you live in Oakton, Vienna, Fairfax, Tysons Corner, Arlington, or elsewhere in Northern Virginia and would like to learn more about your dental implant candidacy, please contact Softouch Dental Care today by calling 703-319-6990 to schedule a consultation.