Replicating the natural function and appearance of a lost tooth can be difficult. While nothing can exactly replace your natural tooth, a dental implant is the closest option in modern cosmetic dentistry.
Dental implants consist of two parts: The implant itself, which is put into the jaw to replace your natural tooth's root, and the tooth restoration or visible portion that attaches to the implant.
Am I a candidate for implantation dentistry?
The ideal candidate for a dental implant is in good general and oral health. You should also have healthy gum tissues that are free of periodontal disease. However, if you have suffered from gum disease in the past it does not disqualify you as a candidate.
To qualify for a dental implant, you must also have adequate bone available in your jaw to support the dental implant and hold it securely in place. To determine this, cosmetic dentist Dr. Sands must evaluate your bone density and quantity. Keep in mind that in certain cases where bone loss has occurred due to periodontal disease, implants may not be recommended.
If you do not have sufficient bone in your jaw, this can sometimes be corrected with bone grafting or placement of a synthetic bone to provide the right support for the implant. You will have to discuss with Dr. Sands whether you qualify for this procedure.
If you meet the above conditions and are interested in implantation dentistry, you must commit to a meticulous oral hygiene routine, including flossing and brushing regularly and carefully. You must also be willing to commit to routine follow-up and maintenance visits to check the health and status of your dental implant.
There are certain medical factors that may prohibit you from being a good candidate for dental implants. Some of these can include:
- Uncontrolled diabetes
- Radiation therapy
- Parathyroid disorders
- Certain blood disorders
- Rare bone disorders
- Bone marrow cancer
- Low sinuses
- Nerve bundles
Successful fusion of the bone to the implant requires good periodontal health, so people at higher risk of experiencing gum disease, like smokers or those who chew tobacco, may not be ideal candidates for this procedure.
To see if you qualify as a candidate for dental implants, please call our Hollywood, Los Angeles and Orange County cosmetic dentistry office today to set up your free first-time consultation.