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Who is a Candidate?


Diagram of a single dental implantIf you want to get dental implants due to missing or failing teeth, there are some requirements that you need to go through. It’s not enough to simply have a gap in your mouth or a tooth that needs to be pulled due to decay. To make sure that you are the right candidate for dental implants, we at Delaware Periodontics want to share the requirements for dental implants with you.

What Do You Need?


If you want dental implants, then you need to bring a few things to the table. First, aside from the gaps in your teeth, the rest of your gums and teeth should be healthy. You should also be practicing good dental hygiene as well.

This might be the most challenging part, but if you are a smoker, then you should consider quitting. Smoking can cause a lot of complications especially if you need grafting, so you’ll need to be smoke-free for at least two months before the procedure. Smoking causes problems with the healing process and can potentially cause some infections.

What the Dentist Will Look For?


Once you come in for the procedure, the dentist will look at exactly why the teeth are missing. If your gums are in good health, then they will be in the perfect condition for dental implants.

If you are getting dental implants because of gum disease, your gums might not be the healthiest. In that case, we will clean your teeth and make sure that all the bacteria are removed, and your gums are cleaned before we start.

Additionally, your jawbone’s health will be looked at, as a strong jawbone is necessary to support the implants. If you have adequate bone support, then that makes things much more comfortable. If you don’t have good support because of gum disease, then we need to focus on regrowing your jawbone with implants.

Dental Implants Require Patience


One of the last things that we look for in a person is the ability to be patient. A typical dental implant procedure can take anywhere from four months to a year to fully heal. If you need bone grafts to heal your jawbone, then it can take even longer.

The patience and the ability to work through the procedure and wait until the implants are fully healed can really help. Not just through the procedure itself, but also with appreciating what you have once it’s all done. It is also important to be sure to make it to all your appointments to complete the procedure.

But the best way to make sure that you are a good dental candidate is to talk to one of our dentists. We’ll be able to examine your mouth and make sure that you are the perfect candidate for dental implants. Then we can help you get the dental implants that you need and repair your smile! Call Delaware Periodontics at 302-551-3553 to set up a meeting with one of our dentists.

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