Sherman Oaks Dental

Are You Eligible for Dental Implants?

Dental implants are realistic and functional prosthetics that can last a lifetime with proper care. This makes them the ideal answer for tooth loss, whether that loss is caused by infection or injury. But while most adults are candidates for dental implants, there are some conditions that can threaten or prevent successful integration.

In order to receive a dental implant, the bone and gums at the implant site must be healthy enough to support it, you must be old enough that your jaw has stopped growing, you must be committed to properly caring for the implant, and you must not suffer from any medical conditions that would cause the implant to fail or make the procedure dangerous for you. Some of these risk factors can be identified and eliminated to allow you to receive implants, but others are permanent.

Disqualifying conditions

Anyone with one or more of the following problems is less likely to qualify for dental implants. Other options may be available to replace missing teeth, and can be discussed with Dr. Weyneth or Dr. Sosenko.

While not all of these conditions result in immediate disqualification, they are major risk factors that should be discussed with your dentist. There are other conditions that may affect your candidacy, that we can treat at Sherman Oaks Dental, or recommend a specialist, including:

If any of these conditions affect you, you can schedule a consultation today with our office to address the problem.

Qualifying for imdediate load implants

Ordinarily, receiving new dental implants is a multi-step process that can involve months of recovery and waiting time. Many of our patients would prefer to shorten the process. This is possible with immediate load implants, which can have a crown or bridge attached within days after surgery. However, this increases the risk of implant failure, and is generally only possible in a patient with few other risk factors. You must also commit to a soft or liquid diet for several months, as the implant will be vulnerable until it has had time to integrate properly. While immediate load implants mean you won't have to live with a gap in your smile, the pros and cons must be weighed carefully.

Your smile restored

While there are some circumstances that may make dental implants a less than ideal solution, for most people, they are the best replacement for missing teeth and one of the most advanced procedures modern dentistry has to offer. The benefits of dental implants almost always outweigh the drawbacks. If you are interested in this procedure, you can request an appointment online or call our office during business hours.