If you have lost a tooth, you might be thinking to yourself, “Am I a candidate for dental implants?” Implants are a great way to restore the appearance and function of your smile, and they can prevent other dental problems from developing. However, dental implants are not for everyone. Our dentist in Los Angeles will need to give you a full dental examination to determine if you are a good candidate for dental implants.
Candidacy is dependent on anatomical integrity, jaw bone density, and overall health. If you suffer from gum disease, that problem will need to be addressed before you can continue with the dental implant procedure.
Losing a tooth can also result in reduced jaw bone density. The roots of teeth keep the jaw bone stimulated, so when a root is lost, that area of the jaw begins to deteriorate. If the lost tooth is not replaced quickly enough, the jaw bone could degrade to the point where it could not accept a dental implant. However, reduced jaw bone density will not automatically disqualify you. You may be eligible for a bone graft, which would increase the likelihood of a successful dental implant.