Am I a Good Candidate for Dental Implants?

Tooth loss can occur for a number of reasons. But even if the underlying causation of this issue is treated, these patients could be at risk of further oral health concerns. Permanent tooth replacement with dental implants can preserve these patients’ smiles.

This treatment may not be the best option for every patient with missing teeth, so you should consult with your dental professional about your oral health care. Dr. Fabrizio Dall’Olmo, a dentist practicing in Santa Monica, CA, describes qualities found in ideal candidates for dental implants.

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Ideal Characteristics for Dental Implant Patients

Seeking Permanent Tooth Replacement

Dental implants are a restorative dental treatment that replaces one or more missing teeth. A single dental implant can substitute one missing tooth while an implant-supported dental bridge can replace three or more consecutive teeth.

These different implant types are all permanent restorative solutions. So this treatment is recommended for patients who seek these types of oral health benefits. If you prefer a removable tooth replacement device, you can ask your dentist about alternative treatment options.

Strong Jawbone Structure

A dental implant features an anchor made from a titanium post which a dentist surgically places into a patient’s jaw. This anchor allows the prosthetic tooth to attach permanently.

In order to get this implant, the patient’s jaw must be strong enough to support the anchor. If too much bone has deteriorated in the absence of stimulation from a tooth root following tooth loss, then it may be too unstable to successfully receive the implant.

Patience and Commitment to Treatment

Implant dentistry requires more than one in-office appointment and procedure to complete the tooth replacement treatment. For this reason, ideal candidates should be prepared to commit to the process and remain patient throughout the course of treatment.

The oral surgery to place the anchor in the jaw may take several months to heal before the dentist can secure the prosthetic teeth into place and finish the treatment. These patients should understand that permanent structural, functional, and aesthetic benefits await them at the end of this process.

Dental Implants and Other Tooth Replacements in Santa Monica, CA

Dr. Dall’Olmo offers dental implants and other tooth replacement solutions to qualified patients in Santa Monica, CA. Our practice also specializes in restorative, cosmetic, and general dentistry for patients of all ages. To schedule an appointment or consultation with us, contact our team online or reach our office by phone at 310.736.1051.

Articles By: Dr. Fabrizio Dall'Olmo