Are you a candidate for dental implants?

As a cosmetic and restorative dentist, Dr. Randy LaFrom gets a lot of questions from patients trying to decide the best way to makeover their smiles.

For patients with gaps in their smile from missing teeth, dental implants can provide a brand new smile and quality of life. Dental implants, while being one of the more invasive dental procedures available, offers patients more permanent solutions to potentially frustrating removable appliances.

Because of this, Dr. LaFrom gets a lot of questions about the procedure from patients, and he’s happy to answer them so that his patients can make informed decisions about their dental care.

How will I know if I’m a candidate for dental implants?

Dental implants are not for everybody. For dental implants to be fully successful, the patient’s jaw must be fully developed. Therefore, children are typically not candidates for traditional dental implantology.

For a dental implant to be effective, the patient must be in good general and oral health, so patients with diabetes, patients who are heavy smokers, and patients with other health problems may need to take extra measures before considering implants.

Bone density is also a factor when measuring the potential success rate of a dental implant. Teeth roots stimulate bone regeneration, so when a tooth is missing, the bone underneath can begin to disintegrate. With continued disintegration, further tooth loss can occur and the patient’s facial structure can begin to sag. For dental implants, jawbone density is important because, without a solid jawbone to fuse to, implants will not be stable or effective.

If you think dental implants are the smile solution you’ve been searching for, but are unsure if you’re a candidate for them, call LaFrom Dentistry in Cupertino, California at (408) 996-8595 to reserve an appointment with Dr. LaFrom. Ask for a complimentary consultation regarding implants.

~ by cupertinodentist on August 27, 2011.

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