Are You a Dental Implant Candidate?

Dental implants from our practice can replace one or more missing teeth with beautiful, more functional results. If you are wondering whether you might be qualified for this procedure, our experienced dentist, Dr. Arthur Chal, can determine if you make a good candidate. It is important to note that most health conditions will not interfere with your candidacy, and we can often assist you regardless of age. During your initial consultation, Dr. Chal will discuss any potential complications based on your unique anatomical needs and expressed goals. He will also address any questions and concerns you may have. In every treatment, he prioritizes a successful outcome and an exceptional patient experience.

If you are experiencing one of the following conditions, dental implant surgery may be right for you:

Missing One Tooth

In the case of a single missing tooth, a dental implant can provide optimal cosmetic results without impacting the adjacent teeth. If your surrounding teeth are healthy, there is no reason to grind down unaffected teeth when a dental implant can be utilized.

Missing Several Teeth

Dental implants are particularly beneficial if you have several teeth missing. While removable partial dentures remain a popular choice, these devices can cause a great deal of wear and tear on the healthy teeth to which they are attached—typically weakening them in the long-term—and the attaching clasps may also cause teeth to decay where they rest. Furthermore, you may find them uncomfortable to wear.

The main concern surrounding several missing teeth is the increasing risk of facial collapse over time. As a result of missing these teeth your body will naturally redistribute the minerals from your jawbone to other areas. However, dental implants can help to prevent this from occurring.

Missing All Teeth

If you are missing all teeth dental implants typically will be the most effective method available to restore both the esthetics and function of your mouth. As mentioned above, without your teeth, your jaw will begin to deteriorate as your body reabsorbs the bone minerals. This process is called the piezoelectric effect. In a few years time, this can result in a condition called facial collapse. In addition to the cosmetic side effects, facial collapse can also have serious functional consequences. Dental implants, however, can help to maintain the structure of your jaw while restoring the beauty and health of your smile. While facial collapse can make wearing dentures impossible, bone grafting combined with dental implants can reverse the effects of this condition and help you to achieve your desired outcome.

If you have additional questions about dental implants and wish to know more about your qualifications for candidacy, or if you wish to schedule a consultation with Dr. Chal, please contact our office today.

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