Dentist Glendale Explains Who Is a Good Candidate for Dental Implants
Dental implant treatment can be a game-changer for any patient who has been living with missing teeth. Whether a single tooth, a few, or all of your natural teeth are no longer in place, you have good reason to explore the option of replacement with dental implants and the appropriate restoration, such as a crown, bridge, or denture.
The fact that dental implants are so popular is a testament to the longevity and success of this treatment. It is not only the procedure itself that matters, though. There are several considerations that must be made to determine if this approach to smile restoration is right for you. Your dentist in Glendale, Dr. Karen Baghdasaryan, can help you through your process of tooth replacement.
Ideal candidates for dental implants
- Take good care of their teeth and gums with daily brushing and flossing.
- Do not smoke, or are willing to consider avoiding the use of tobacco products.
- Understand that the entire process of restoration can take several months, although that does not mean frequent or numerous dental visits.
- Have not had, or are not currently receiving, certain cancer treatments (bisphosphonate).
- Have sufficient bone density, or qualify for bone grafting.
The issue of gum health
One of the most common conditions to affect the stability of natural teeth can also prevent you from long term success with dental implants. If necessary, appropriate periodontal treatment may be conducted prior to the implant procedure in order to destroy existing infection.
Bone density and dental implants
Historically, dental implant treatment has required that a patient has a certain amount of bone tissue readily available. This has become more flexible in recent years, as developments have continued to improve the implant process. If substantial deterioration has affected the jawbone, a grafting procedure, or special form of implant, or both, may be needed.
The team in our Glendale office supports healthy smiles through friendly, professional care and detailed information regarding proposed dental treatments. To learn more about implant surgery, call (818) 547-4455.
Location: 6300 San Fernando Rd, Glendale, CA 91201