Dental implants are the best treatment for one or more missing teeth — but before you move forward with dental implant treatment, it’s important to understand if you’re a good implant dentistry candidate. To find out if dental implants are right for you, you’ll first need to schedule a consultation with our specialists.
Not every patient looking to treat their missing teeth is a good candidate for dental implants from the start. Through this consultation, we can determine what could be preventing you from moving forward with the treatment you need. We recommend you look at the factors that determine your candidacy for dental implants to learn if dental implants are right for you.
Remember, just because you’re not an ideal candidate for dental implant treatments when you first come to see us, doesn’t mean treatment is out of the question. Sometimes, as with pregnancy or children, it is just a matter of time before you are able to receive dental implants.
Often patients need other treatments first, to help prepare them for an implant procedure.
With the specialists in our office, we are able to help people become candidates for implant dentistry. For example, we can overcome issues such as the following:
Insufficient bone in the upper or lower jaw: We can perform bone grafts and sinus lifts to build up the bone structure to sufficiently support teeth implants.
Lost or damaged gum tissue: Sometimes when a tooth is lost, there is also damage to the surrounding tissues. In these cases we can perform a soft tissue augmentation in addition to the dental implant to help restore appearance.
Issues with nerve position: When the back molars require implants, we must assess the jawbone and the position of the inferior alveolar nerve. This is to determine whether nerve repositioning will be necessary to make room for the dental implants.
Whether or not you will need a supplemental procedure will be determined during your consultation at our Los Altos, CA office.