Do I Need Dental Implants?

Generally speaking, if you have lost teeth you are a candidate for dental implants. Whether it is one tooth, multiple teeth, or all your teeth.
For implants be be successful, it is important that you are in good general health, as there are some conditions and diseases that can affect whether dental implants are right for you. For example, uncontrolled diabetes, cancer, radiation to the jaws, heavy smoking, alcoholism, or uncontrolled periodontal (gum) disease may affect whether dental implants will fuse to your bone. It is important to let your dental surgeon know all about your medical status (past and present) together with all medications you are taking, whether prescribed, alternative (herbal) or over-the-counter. When you schedule your FREE CONSULTATION, we will review your medical status and determine if you are a suitable candidate for dental implants. For patients with complicated medical history, we will work closely with your primary care physician or specialist to obtain a good understanding of your medical condition and determine the best treatment for your case.

Where and how implants are placed requires a detailed assessment of your overall oral condition. This includes a detailed assessment of your teeth, jaw bones, muscles, and joints which all have to work in perfect harmony for a long lasting and predictable outcome. As prosthodontis with specialized training in this area, we are best positioned to evaluate your overall oral-medical condition to recommend a predictable and long lasting treatment option. If we determine that you are a candidate for serivces at our practice, the next step will be to perform a detailed examination and assessment. This will necessitate compiling records that include study models of your mouth (molds), records of how your teeth come together (bite records) , and specialized radiographs (x-rays), which may include 3D scans known as Cone Beam Computer Tomography CBCT ( Dental CT scans). Planning with the help of computer imaging ensures that dental implants can be placed in exactly the right position in the bone.

The more teeth lost, the more function lost. This leads to some particularly serious aesthetic and functional problems, particularly in people who have lost all of their teeth. And it doesn’t stop there. After alveolar bone is lost, the bone beneath it, basal bone — the jawbone proper — also begins to resorb (melt away).

Note how loss of teeth leads to bone loss and a collapsed face
Note how loss of teeth leads to bone loss and a collapsed face