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Am I a candidate for dental implants?

Dental implants replace missing teeth, whether you are missing just one tooth or several teeth. As opposed to dentures or bridges, dental implants are a long-lasting solution to improving your oral health and function. 

Most people are good candidates for dental implants; however, this procedure is not right for everyone. If you have healthy gums and your jawbone is fully developed, you may be a good candidate for dental implants. Dental implants often require you to have enough bone to support and anchor the implants in place. Even if you experience bone loss in your jaw, your dentist may still recommend dental implants to prevent further bone deterioration. In cases such, an oral surgeon can rebuild your jawbone with grafting procedures. 

Who is Not a Candidate for Implants?

Several factors can influence your candidacy for dental implants. The following health risks can adversely affect the outcome of your dental implant procedure: cancer, diabetes, smoking, alcoholism, and uncontrolled gum disease. Additionally, people who take medications such as immune suppressants may not be suitable candidates for dental implants. 

Dental Implants in Springfield, MO

White Smiles Family Dental provides the Springfield, MO, and surrounding communities with compassionate, high-quality dental care. Before your dentist can truly determine whether you are a feasible candidate for dental implants, you must undergo a comprehensive dental assessment. Drs. Preston and Shannon White prioritize each patient’s safety and health. If you want to find out if you’re a viable candidate for dental implants, please call our dental office at (417) 887-6882.

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