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Are Dental Implants Right For Me?

Dental implants are logical fixes for certain types of people, such as individuals who may be missing a tooth or multiple teeth. In other cases, the decision to get dental implants can be more complicated.

Certain people with certain dental histories also need to fully discuss their options with their dentists. In some cases, prior dental work or dental issues can impact the success of dental implants.

You should never assume that any issue makes you ineligible to get dental implants. Your dentist may be able to recommend a course of action that corrects an underlying issue and possibly receive implants later if such action is not best at the current time.

Possible Dental Implant Issues

Dentures in San DiegoMost people are able to get dental implants and enjoy all of the benefits that come with them, including an improved smile, speech, and general sense of self-esteem. Certain patients, however, need to consult their dentists first to determine whether dental implants are right for them.

Some of the types of issues that could complicate dental implant procedures include:

  • Preexisting Dental Work — Patients who have undergone multiple dental surgeries or other complex procedures may not be immediately able to undergo dental implants. In some cases, implants can be used to reinforce or replace previous work, but it is still highly important for a patient to have his or her dentist ensure that the implants will be most effective for his or her particular situation.
  • Smoking — Most every dentist discourages smoking. Nonetheless, many patients are unable or unwilling to give up this habit. When it comes to smoking though, people who continue to smoke could experience any one of a number of possible difficulties with the effectiveness of implants because of complications arising directly from smoking.
  • Bone Loss — Because dental implants are commonly secured to a person’s jawbone, the bone needs to have a requisite amount of bone density. Jawbone density is negatively impacted by tooth loss, as a tooth’s absence results in a lack of calcium for the jawbone that reduces its density. For this reason, it is important to see a dentist as soon as possible after any tooth loss.
  • Gum Disease — Strong jawbones are only one aspect of dental implants. Patients also generally need to have good gums in order to ensure implants are successful. People with gum disease issues may still be able to have gum tissue restored in order to get dental implants later on.

Get Dental Implants in California

If you are considering dental implants, it is in your best interest to contact McBride Dental. Our office provides dental implant and restoration services to clients in San Marcos and surrounding areas of California.

Dr. Michael McBride is one of only three dentists in San Diego County who is Board Certified to place and restore all types of dental implants. Dr. McBride has over three decades of experience and is a founding member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry.

Contact our office today at 760-471-1003 to schedule an appointment so we can assess your dental implant needs.

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