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The Right Skills to Help You Become a Dental Implant Candidate

If you’re suffering with a missing tooth, multiple teeth, ill-fitting dentures, severe periodontal disease, or chronic dental problems, dental implants can eliminate these problems and allow you to eat, speak, and smile with renewed confidence. 

A good candidate for dental implants in Valparaiso, IN should be reasonably healthy in terms of oral and general health with sufficient bone in their jaw. The good news is that our prosthodontist Dr. Michael Drone and board-certified oral surgeon Dr. Timothy W. Surber have extensive knowledge and training in implant and restorative dentistry, as well as preparatory treatments such as periodontal therapy and bone grafting. 

We’re recognized in Northwest Indiana for creating dental solutions for the most complex dental concerns. Leveraging advanced technology, extensive skills, a state-of-the-art onsite dental lab, and personalized care, our team has helped thousands of patients with oral health issues become a good candidate for dental implants in Valparaiso, IN.

Determining Your Implant Candidacy

At your first complimentary evaluation, we’ll assess the condition of your gums, bone, and teeth including a thorough oral exam and taking digital images. We’ll ask for your dental and medical records to help determine if any systemic conditions or harmful lifestyle habits (e.g. smoking or an untreated chronic health condition) could prevent you from getting dental implants or increase the risk of a less than successful outcome. Although continuous innovation in implant systems and treatment modalities has resulted in a current success rate of 95-98% for dental implants, the following factors can affect dental implant candidacy:



Although dental implant surgery is often successful in older adults, age is a key prognostic factor in implant success. This is related to the fact that older adults have a greater risk of chronic health problems and potentially longer healing times. Some studies have shown higher implant failure rates in patients older than 60, although the evidence isn’t completely conclusive.


Bone Health

Healthy jaw bone density is a prerequisite for performing successful dental implant surgery. If diagnostic imaging reveals that your bones are insufficient to support a dental implant, the Aspire team has the expertise to perform bone grafting procedures to help you become a good candidate for dental implants in Valparaiso, IN. If you have osteoporosis, this can impact the success of dental implant fusion with the jawbone, especially if you’ve been on long-term bisphosphonate therapy.


Cigarette Smoking

Multiple studies show smokers have a higher risk of dental implant failure and significant marginal bone absorption compared to nonsmokers. Smoking affects oral and general health, including low infection resistance and delayed wound healing. Smoking negatively impacts fusion of dental implants in the jawbone by lowering blood flow, while harmful tobacco residues delay wound healing and hamper new cell growth. If you smoke, we recommend quitting six months prior to implant surgery to increase the chance of successful dental implant surgery.



Diabetes and hyperglycemia make it more difficult for your body to heal after surgery and also increase the risk of postsurgical infection. Diabetes can also affect the fusion process, so it either takes longer for the implant to integrate with the jawbone or it doesn’t happen at all. Eating a well-balanced diet, exercising, and taking regular medication for proper disease control can increase the likelihood of successful dental implant treatment in people with diabetes.



Underlying medical conditions that require medications such as steroids or immune-system depressants can impair dental implant fusion with the jawbone. In addition, corticosteroid therapy may reduce bone density and increase tissue frailty. Chemotherapy and radiation can also impact dental implant outcomes. Although taking these medications doesn’t mean you can’t get dental implants, it’s imperative to seek care from a team with the medical knowledge to adjust your treatment plan accordingly to improve the likelihood of a successful outcome.


Oral Hygiene & Habits

Peri-implantitis is a an infectious, inflammatory condition that impacts the dental implant in a similar manner as gum disease destroys bone around natural tooth roots. A key difference is that the process is more intense and deeper than with natural teeth. In early stages, peri-implantitis symptoms are mild and generally include swollen gums and mouth tenderness or sensitivity. The longer the infection goes untreated, the more serious the side effects become. Prevention includes treating gum disease and infection prior to dental implant surgery. In addition, maintaining good oral hygiene is an essential part of post-implant surgical care. Brushing, flossing and rinsing regularly will help reduce the risk of an infection compromising the integrity of your implants.

The habit of tooth clenching/grinding (bruxism), especially during the healing phase can also negatively impact dental implants. The repetitive motion and stress can hamper proper fusion with the natural jawbone.


Dental Implant Experience Matters

Even if you have a relatively uncomplicated case, it’s important to seek treatment from a clinician with vast expertise placing dental implants instead of a practice that offers this as one service in a long menu. Dental implants are a complex treatment that require more in-depth experience and skills than other restorative solutions like bridges or crowns. And if you have many missing teeth and bone loss or are suffering from periodontal disease or a chronic health condition, this adds to the complexity and the need for qualified and experienced practitioners. At Aspire Implant Centers, our prosthodontist and oral surgeon completed extensive training in dental implants and all related procedures and are committed to furthering their knowledge through ongoing advanced courses. Additionally, we’re trained in state-of-the-art digital software and surgical technologies such as TeethXpress that enable providing beautiful and precise treatment at our in-house dental lab for fully customized and long lasting results.


We Design Customized Solutions Just for You

At Aspire Implant Centers, we aspire to help every patient become an optimal candidate for dental implants with personalized treatment that reflects their individual health, functional, and aesthetic goals. As part of the treatment process, we want to get to know you and learn about your current limitations and what you hope to achieve with a new smile. Doing so helps us meet and often exceed our patients’ smile expectations and goals! If another practice has turned you away, we welcome you to schedule a personalized consultation and evaluation. We’ll be honest and perform a thorough assessment. Our team will help you become a good candidate for dental implants in Valparaiso, IN if it’s a clinically sound solution and fits your unique needs.

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