When Should I Consider Dental Implants?


Dental implants are considered the gold standard for missing tooth replacement. Offering unparalleled stability, natural-looking results, and no need for extra maintenance, dental implants can be the ideal solution for a gap in your smile. They can be used to replace a single tooth, multiple teeth, or to anchor a bridge or denture for a more secure fit. If you want to replace a missing tooth or upgrade a traditional bridge or denture, dental implants may be right for you.

During your initial consultation for dental implants, you will have an oral exam to determine the health of your teeth and gums as well as your eligibility. Ideal dental implant candidates have good oral health, adequately healthy gum tissue, and are free of medical conditions that might impede a smooth and quick healing process. Patients who are currently undergoing chemotherapy or radiation treatments, for example, are typically not good candidates for dental implants, though they may be eligible afterward.

Dental implant candidates must have a fully developed jaw and sufficient jawbone density in order to support the titanium post that serves as the artificial tooth’s root. In some cases, however, a bone graft can be used to strengthen the jawbone of patients who would not otherwise be good dental implant candidates.

For more information about dental implants, or to schedule a consultation to discover if you are a good candidate, please contact us today.