Byron L. Carr, DMD, FAGD

Am I a candidate for dental implants?

Since they were first introduced in the 1970s, dental implants have changed the lives of millions of people faced with adult tooth loss. The great news is that over the decades, implant dentistry has evolved to the extent that nearly anyone who wants one is a good candidate.

We can use dental implants to replace one, several, or all of your teeth or use them instead of dentures or bridges. The basic requirements for a candidate for dental implants in Hemet or Temecula are that you be in good general and oral health with no signs of periodontal disease. You must also have adequate bone in the jaw to hold the dental implant securely in place.

Even if you have been told that you can’t get a dental implant, Dr. Carr performs procedures like bone grafting and sinus lifts that can make it possible for you to get one in the future.

There are several other risk factors, however, that make certain patients unsuitable for dental implants.

Uncontrolled gum disease or diabetes, cancer, and smoking are all risk factors because they can adversely affect the outcome of dental implants. If you have severe bruxism, the excessive pressure on the implant could cause it to fail.

Dental Implants in Hemet and Temecula, CA

If you have any of the above risk factors or have been told that you can’t get a dental implant, call to schedule an evaluation with Dr. Carr at our Hemet or Temecula dental offices.

He can work with you to bring your oral health up to par, or he would be happy to explain our other excellent tooth replacement options, including bridges and full and partial dentures.

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