Replacing Missing Teeth With Implants: Do You Qualify? | Santa Ana CA
Dental implants may be a suitable tooth replacement option for you if you have lost one, several, or all of your teeth.
Generally, oral surgeons require that dental implants patients have:
- Overall good health
- Strong and disease-free gums
- Sufficient jawbone to support dental implants
- A good oral hygiene routine
The success of your implant treatment plan partly depends on how well you care for your new teeth and gums, in addition to your dentist’s ability to diligently monitor the health of your gums. However, you must consult your dentist before making any treatment plans.
Each case is unique, and if you have any dental issues, medical problems, or bad lifestyle habits, then you should speak to your doctor or dentist before starting the treatment to find ways to reduce the risk and increase your chances for a successful dental implant placement.
X-rays will likely be taken, and models of your teeth prepared for further examination after your visit, to help in determining the ideal position for an implant, the number of implants needed to fill the gap, and the quality and volume of jawbone available.
Establishing proper basic dental health is a vital component in any treatment plan. So during the initial appointment, your dentist will make you aware of any urgent problems, as well as the treatments needed to stabilize any tooth- or gum-related problems. At the same time, the dentist will give you an outline of your personal implant treatment plan.
Depending on the situation, you may find that other tooth replacement options are more suitable for you. So at the end of your consultation, your dentist should give you a written summary of your treatment planning discussion, indicating your current dental situation and the ideal treatment for your case, highlighting the expected stages of the treatment, duration, and cost for you to make an informed decision.
At the initial consultation, your dentist will assess the feasibility of providing implant treatment. Of course, you must be over 18 to ensure that the growth and development of your teeth does not interfere with the position and stability of the implant, increasing the risk of the replacement tooth failure.