|In light of the unprecedented and extraordinary circumstances surrounding COVID-19 and out of an abundance of caution, our practice, City Smiles DC, will follow the American Dental Association (ADA) and Local DC Government guidelines.
Effective 5 PM, March 17, 2020, through April 3, 2020, our office will be closed to elective procedures (hygiene appointments, fillings, etc.). We will reopen at 8 am on April 6, 2020.
Who is a Candidate?
Here at City Smiles DC we do our best to ensure you get the appropriate services as far as your oral health is concerned. We will first evaluate you for suitability for dental implants, or for any other procedure you might be considering.
There are a few considerations to be made before dental implants are recommended, and our team will thoroughly exam you before beginning any procedure is carried out. The following are some main considerations made before we will recommend dental implants.
The gums are the anchor of your teeth, whether natural or implants. If your gums are not healthy, your teeth will most likely start loosening and so will the dental implants. You must have healthy gums to be a candidate for dental implants. If your gums are not healthy, you will need to get them treated first before you think of getting any dental implants. Our team of experts is on hand to make sure you have gums that are as healthy as they can be.
Some implants have to be anchored deep into the jawbone. You ought to have enough bone before such implants can be inserted. Accidents, as well as a couple of health conditions, can cause loss of jawbone. Your jawbone might need to be rebuilt if it has been lost for one reason or the other before you accept any dental implant.
Smoking and Alcohol Use
You will not be a candidate if you smoke or drink too much alcohol. You need to show and prove a resolve to stop such habits before you are declared a candidate for dental implants. Smoking and alcohol use hinder healing after any dental procedure has been performed on you. It would be dangerous for you to get implants and then go smoking or drinking. It could lead easily lead to complications.
There are a couple of other factors that will keep you from being a candidate for dental implants. For instance, pregnant women cannot be candidates for dental implants. They have wait until they have delivered and healed before they can get any oral procedures performed on them. You will not be eligible for dental implants if you have immunity problems, uncontrolled diabetes or hemophilia. Previous serious problems with the neck and head might also rule you out.
Our evaluation to determine your suitability for dental implants involves a review of your oral health history, as well as a careful examination of your current oral health. We will closely check your gums and teeth to ascertain their condition. An x-ray or computed tomography scan might also be necessary. These are done to examine your jawbone, nerves, and sinuses. All these procedures are done to determine which dental implant is best for you and that you are ready to accept a dental implant.
Call us City Smiles DC at (202) 539-9499 today if you have any concerns and you will be assisted right away. You should arrange to visit us as well so that we can carefully evaluate your dental health and offer suggestions.