Am I a Good Candidate for Dental Implants?
Our doctors at Redondo Beach Dental Group understand how difficult it can be to decide on the best tooth-replacement option when you have loose or missing teeth. With so many different options on the market, how can you know which is the best for you, your needs, and your desires?
Dental implants are considered to be the best tooth-replacement option available to the men and women of Redondo Beach, but the truth is, not everyone is considered a good candidate for dental implants. The only way to truly know whether or not you qualify for dental implants is to visit one of our doctors for an initial consultation. However, there are some things you can consider on your own to help you know whether or not dental implants will work to replace your loose or missing teeth.
Are You a Good Candidate for Dental Implants?
As we mentioned, to know if you qualify for dental implants, you should visit one of our doctors for an initial consultation in Redondo Beach. When you come in for your consultation, our doctors will perform a full clinical examination, take advanced imaging to have a complete picture of your dental structure, talk to you about your overall health history, answer any questions you have, and work with you to develop a treatment plan that will help you reach your goals. By the time you’ve finished your first appointment, you’ll know if you’re a good candidate for dental implants.
Don’t try to determine your candidacy for dental implants on your own. It’s vital that you visit one of our doctors in Redondo Beach to find out how this tooth-replacement option can help you regain your oral health. However, our doctors want to equip you with some specific information you can consider to better know what you can expect to hear at your initial consultation:
- Do you have loose, missing, or diseased teeth?
If you have loose, missing, or diseased teeth, chances are you’ll be considered a good candidate for dental implants. However, the amount of time you have had affected teeth is a large factor for your candidacy. Healthy jawbone is needed to place dental implants, so if you’ve had loose, missing, or diseased teeth for an extended period of time with no dental treatment, your jawbone may be deteriorating and weakening. If our doctors determine that you don’t have adequate jawbone tissue for dental implants, they will recommend you have a bone grafting surgery before your dental implants can be placed.
- Do you have periodontal disease?
Many Redondo Beach men and women suffer from loose, missing, and diseased teeth because they also suffer from periodontal disease. Periodontal disease presents as gums that are red, swollen, tender, and bleed easily. If you have any of these symptoms, or if our doctors diagnose you with periodontal disease during your initial consultation, you’ll need to be treated for this condition prior to having your dental implants placed. You’ll also need to be checked frequently for a recurrence of this disease as it could lead to dental implant failure if it pops back up after you have them placed.
- Do you use tobacco products?
It’s true that using tobacco products does not automatically disqualify you from having dental implants placed, but their use does put you at increased risk during your procedure and after. If you smoke or use other tobacco products, you run a greater risk for increased bleeding during and after your dental implants surgery, which delays your healing process. Additionally, tobacco products can cause periodontal disease, which, as we mentioned, can lead to dental implant failure. Our doctors recommend patients stop the use of tobacco products before choosing dental implant placement.
Call Our Doctors in Redondo Beach to Schedule Your Initial Consultation
Dental implants can truly change your life, so don’t wait to contact one of our doctors for an initial consultation. You can reach a member of our friendly team by calling (310) 542-6988 today!