Are You a Candidate for Dental Implant?

Image of a dental implant next to a normal tooth from Amir Sanjabi, DDS in Downey, CAAbout 178 million Americans are missing at least one tooth and 40 million are completely edentulous. Although dentures and dental bridges are good treatment options to restore the essential functions of your mouth, no restoration is more effective, long-lasting, or natural-looking than a dental implant.

What Are Dental Implants?

A dental implant is a titanium prosthetic tooth root placed into the jaw as a replacement for your natural tooth root. This implant is also capped by an artificial tooth or a crown. Dental implants are an ideal option for people who have lost their tooth due to gum disease, trauma, or some other reasons.
At Amir Sanjabi, DDS, Amir Sanjabi, DDS and can place single tooth implants, implant-supported dentures, and All-On-4 dental implants to restore your smile.

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Characteristics of a Good Candidate for Dental Implants

To make sure you are a good candidate for dental implants, we will need to examine your oral health, take some x-rays, as well as review your medical records. Fortunately, though, most people are good candidates for dental implants and dental implants may be a good restoration option for you if:
•  You have healthy gums and oral tissue.
•  You have a strong jawbone.
•  You do not like to wear dentures.
•  You have one or more teeth that need to be replaced.
•  You exercise good oral care at home.
•  You keep your routine dental exam appointments.

What are Bad Candidate for Dental Implants?

There are some people who may need to wait a while or who are not advised to undergo a dental implant operation. These include:
•  Heavy smokers. People who smoke are at high risk of growing fibrous tissue in their jawbone which can lead to implant failure. You will need to quit smoking before you can receive a dental implant surgery.
•  Uncontrolled gum disease: Periodontitis can destroy the gums, ligaments, and alveolar bone in your mouth which can result in implant failure. If you suffer from gum disease, you need to successfully treat this condition.
•  Uncontrolled diabetes: Diabetes can result in poor healing. People with diabetes should first seek the right treatment from their physicians and should be healthy enough to undergo surgery.
•  Radiation therapy: People who are undergoing radiation therapy for cancer in the head and neck region are not good candidates for dental implants.
•  Medication-dependent: Some medications do not interact well with anesthesia and can increase other risks associated with dental implants.
•  Pregnant Women: Pregnant women should wait until after they have given birth to get dental implant surgery.
•  Children: Dental implants should be placed on fully-matured jaw so children under the age of 18 should wait until their jaw has fully grown to get the surgery.
•  Poor Oral Health: People with poor oral health should not get dental implants as they may not be able to exercise proper care and caution during and after treatment for a successful dental implant operation.
•  Geriatric People: People who are of an advanced age like those who have entered the eighth decade of their life and do not have good general health should avoid getting dental implants.
•  People with Low Jawbone Density: In some cases, All-On-4 dental implants may be possible. However, in most cases, people with low jaw density may need to get their jawbone augmented first before they can get a dental implant.

Benefits of Dental Implants

There are over 5.5 million dental implant surgeries every year, states the American Dental Association. Here are some benefits that a dental implant surgery can give you:
•  Dental implants are the most natural-looking and natural-feeling restoration devices.
•  Dental implants are hypoallergenic, meaning your body does not reject them.
•  Dental implants fuse with your jawbone, making it stronger and more stable.
•  Dental implants have a very high success rate, up to 98%.
•  Dental implants are very durable and can last a decade with good care.
•  Dental implants improve your oral health by preventing your alveolar bone from dissolving.
•  Dental implants ensure your mouth, face, and jawline do not lose their structure.

For a good candidate, dental implants can offer a long-lasting and comfortable teeth restoration solution. If you are missing one or more of your teeth, call us today at (562) 869-0928 for a consultation and we will determine whether a dental implant is the right treatment option for you.

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