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Who is an Eligible Candidate for Dental Implants in Sydney CBD?

Patient with dentists holding teeth modelDental implants have become very popular because they provide a long-lasting solution to tooth loss. However, every patient is different and only a qualified dentist can determine if a patient’s health and oral condition are adequate for dental implants.

Unlike conventional tooth replacement options, dental implants in Sydney CBD create a strong foundation for replacement teeth that look, feel and function just like real teeth. Here are some concerns when trying to determine if a patient is eligible for dental implants in Sydney CBD at a dental practice such as Spa Dental Sydney CBD.

Who Makes a Good Candidate for Dental Implants?

Ideal candidates for dental implants in Sydney CBD should over the age of 18 and be in good oral and overall health. More specifically, patients should be willing to commit from 3 to 6 months for treatment, unless they opt for same-day implants. Anything less than a full commitment could hinder the success of dental implants.

Dental implants involve the placement of titanium posts directly into the jawbone. For this reason, patients must have good jawbone density and healthy gums so that the post and artificial tooth are supported properly.

Underlying health issues can determine whether or not a patient is eligible for dental implants in Sydney CBD.

Patients should be healthy before and after the dental implant procedure, so that the healing of the jawbone can occur naturally. Patients with diabetes or heart disease can still have dental implants as long as their condition is stabilised prior to the surgery. On the other hand, smokers should quit before opting for dental implants, since nicotine can compromise the healing process.

Last not least, patients who wish to have dental implants should not suffer from active gum disease. Moreover, they must have a good oral hygiene routine as oral tissue will not heal adequately if a patient does not have a clean and healthy mouth.

Patients should follow their dentist’s directions after the procedure. This is particularly critical, since it will be important to the health and longevity of the dental implants. Failure to follow instructions, like avoiding chewing on the implant site, could cause redundant pain, swelling, bleeding, infection, or even implant failure.

Don’t Forget to Visit the Dentist in W1

Woman smiling during her dental checkupIt can be very tempting to not bother going for a dental check-up every 6 months, especially when all the dentist ever says is, ‘Everything is fine. Come back again in 6 months.’ Check-ups take time out of busy schedules and cost money too. Maybe not excessive amounts of money, but £50 twice a year to hear that ‘everything is fine’ could seem like a waste of £1000 a decade.

It’s not money down the drain though, because not going for check-ups can so easily result in far more money being spent on expensive remedial treatments that would have cost so much less if they had been caught earlier by the dentist in W1. Most dentists, such as those at Harley Street Dental Clinic, will recommend bi-annual check-ups for most patients. Some, such as those who suffer from diabetes, or are pregnant or smoke tobacco, may need to have more frequent check-ups.

Check-ups

Even people who obey all the toothbrushing rules – brush twice a day for 2 minutes, floss carefully, use a mouthwash – are not going to know if they have developed a cavity or are in the early stages of gum disease, because both problems do not become painful until they are well advanced. It takes a dentist to spot the beginnings of these problems.

Hygienist

Both are caused by plaque and tartar, which can only be removed properly by a hygienist who has specific tools for scraping away hardened tartar and can see into nooks and crannies to make sure all the acid-producing bacteria are removed. Nearly every dentist in W1 will recommend that patients see a hygienist at least twice a year.

What goes on during a check-up

The dentist will be speaking in code to their assistant as they carefully examine the teeth for decay and the gums for gingivitis. They do this by gently prodding the teeth and gums with a metal probe, making sure they can see the teeth properly by using a mirror with an angled handle. They may also take x-rays to check under fillings for decay and under the gums for other problems.