Missing teeth can occur for a wide range of reasons including trauma, decay or gum disease. As a result, the missing teeth may cause the structure of the lips and face to collapse, which gives a prematurely aged appearance as there is no longer any structural support. Suitable candidacy must be established as this is a surgical procedure and we need to ensure all our patients are capable of proper healing and have minimal risk of implant failure or rejection.
Almost anyone with a missing tooth is a good candidate for dental implants. If your bone can heal, you have the necessary preconditions for implant treatment. There is no age limit for implants, providing the patient’s health is satisfactory, however we will typically wait for the jawbone of younger patients to stop developing before conducting any implant treatment (usually around 18-20 years of age). If you suffer from certain medical conditions such as diabetes or cancer, we may recommend you seek an alternative treatment as your risk of implant failure will be significantly higher.
Smoking can severely increase the chances of implant failure. To ensure the success of dental implants and to prevent further tooth loss in future, the team at SV Implant Centre in Melbourne strongly suggest discontinuing smoking.
Suitable candidates must also possess enough jaw bone material to accommodate a dental implant. This is required so the implant will be able to effectively fuse with the bone as the jaw heals around the implant. This will result in a stronger and more powerful anchorage point for the prosthetic restoration to be placed. In cases where the bone has deteriorated to such an extent that a dental implant cannot be inserted successfully, bone grafts can be utilised in an attempt to restore a sufficient amount of bone material.
At SV Implant Centre our dental implant specialists will conduct a very thorough assessment of your smile to ensure you are free of any tooth decay or gum disease, as these dental conditions can influence the success of your treatment. Our dedicated team will only recommend continuing to treatment if dental implants are in your best interests.
Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.