Dental implants are considered the standard for replacing missing teeth. If you are missing one or more teeth, you may be a candidate for the procedure, which replaces the root of the missing tooth for a sturdy, permanent restoration. Our Los Angeles dental implants expert can help you learn more about the procedure and determine if it may be right for you.
Most patients who are healthy enough to undergo a routine extraction will also be healthy enough for the dental implants procedure. Several factors will be considered when determining if you are healthy enough for dental implants.
General health conditions – Certain health problems, including diabetes and high blood pressure, will not affect your candidacy for dental implants as long as they are well-controlled. If you are struggling to maintain a healthy blood pressure or blood sugar levels, our dentist may recommend regaining control of your symptoms to reduce the risks of complications.
Bone and gum tissue – Good dental health and hygiene can help reduce the risk of post-procedure infection. If you have lost gum or bone tissue due to tooth loss or gum disease, you may need to undergo a graft procedure that will help restore gum tissue so that it can support the implant properly.
Habits – Heavy smokers may be more prone to complications, but you may still be a candidate for dental implants even if you smoke. Our dentist may recommend that you quit before undergoing the procedure and during the healing period.
Contact our office to schedule your appointment and learn more about your options.