It is vital we establish your candidacy for treatment prior to proceeding to surgery, as an unsuitable candidate will generally have a higher risk of implant failure
At Brisbane Dental Implant Group we take suitable candidacy very seriously, as it can make the difference between a successful or unsuccessful surgery. When considering dental implant surgery, it is always best to ask your dental professional about all aspects involved so you can be sure this treatment is in line with your needs and dental requirements.
Am I a suitable candidate for implant surgery?
Dental implants involve oral surgery and just like any other surgical procedure there are those that would not benefit or be assessed as ‘suitable’ for dental implant treatment. The main requirements for ideal candidacy include:
- An adequate amount of jawbone present – the patient will require a good amount of jawbone as the implant will need to fuse with the jaw, and an inadequate amount can cause a high risk of implant failure. If the patient does not have enough jawbone present a bone graft may be necessary before proceeding. If you are missing a tooth you will want to replace it as soon as possible, because your jawbone will gradually start to deteriorate after tooth loss.
- Good overall health – this will ensure your dentists and oral surgeons that you will be able to properly handle the treatment as well as any possible risks or complications associated with implant surgery.
- No presence of gum disease – gum disease is currently the leading cause of tooth loss in adults and can cause a high risk of implant failure. If the patient does suffer from gum disease, it will first need to be neutralised before any implant treatment can occur.
What can cause dental implants to fail?
Implant failure at the Brisbane Dental Implant Group is very rare, as we have a strict policy for suitable candidacy and stringent infection and quality control throughout all our procedures. While every patient is different and therefore, the causes of implant failure vary, the main causes of implant failure have been known to be:
- The presence of gum disease or tooth decay, which influences the tissue surrounding the implant and can cause difficulty during the osseointegration process (bonding to the bone).
- Smoking is a large contributor to dental implant failure and as such we will always recommend you stop smoking prior to and after your dental implant surgery. Failure to do so can cause inflammation in the gums and cause the implant to fail.
- Pre-existing medical conditions such as diabetes can cause inflammation and result in the implant having trouble bonding to the jawbone.
At Brisbane Dental Implant Group we have an extremely high success rate and are proud to provide superior dental implant treatment all from the one place. With a team of dedicated implant professionals, you can be sure you are receiving the highest quality care and advice for ensuring the successful integration of your dental implants.