Am I a Good Candidate for Dental Implants?

Missing a tooth (or teeth) is more than just a cosmetic issue. Even just one missing tooth can affect your ability to speak clearly and eat comfortably. If you’re missing a tooth, you’re not alone. According to the American College of Prosthodontists, over 36 million individuals in America currently suffer from edentulism (toothlessness), and over 120 million suffer from partial edentulism (missing at least one tooth). Missing teeth can also affect your social life if they cause you to feel self-conscious. 

The bottom line: having a full set of functioning teeth is important for your oral health and mental well-being. The good news is that you have plenty of options to restore your mouth, including dentures and implants. At The Beverly Hills Center for Advanced Dental Implants and Periodontology, Dr. Jean-Jacques Elbaz is pleased to help you restore your smile with dental implants. 

If you’re ready to replace your missing tooth and enhance the appearance of your smile, continue reading to learn more about dental implants — and if they’re right for you.

What are dental implants?

Dental implants are a replacement for missing teeth. They’re distinct from dentures, another common option for people with missing teeth. Dentures are a type of removable prosthesis, while implants are permanently fixed into your mouth. 

An implant consists of three parts:

Because the titanium post is inserted into your jaw bone, dental implants help to stimulate bone growth. This means that dental implants help to prevent jaw bone atrophy. 

Benefits of dental implants

Dental implants replace your missing teeth while improving your oral health. They look and feel like natural teeth, and fit perfectly into the spaces left by missing teeth.

An implant improves your overall health by: 

Here’s the best part: dental implants are strong and sturdy, and there’s no need to take them out each night. No more soaking dentures at night!

Dental implants might be right for you if… 

Although there are many benefits associated with dental implants, they aren’t ideal for every patient. To be considered as a candidate for dental implants, you should:

Dental implants aren’t ideal for smokers. Smoking can delay healing and affect the success of your implants. Though the procedure to install implants is safe for most people, be sure to tell Dr. Elbaz if you have diabetes or another condition that affects your immune system. 

What if your jaw bone isn’t quite right?

While you do need adequate jaw bone (to support the titanium post), you may still have options. Dr. Elbaz may suggest a minimally invasive sinus bone graft using PiezoSurgery to add mass to your bone. After a bone graft, you have enough jaw bone to support a dental implant.

Are implants right for you? 

Although dental implants require a longer process than dentures, including surgery to place the implants, they’re the next-best option to healthy natural teeth and can make you feel like a new person. When you’re ready to explore your implant options, contact us to find out if dental implants are right for you. To request an appointment at our Beverly Hills, California office, call 310-274-0456 or use our easy online booking tool.

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