Dental Implant Candidates

Dental implants from our Redondo Beach dentist, Dr. Michael Fulbright, present an ideal replacement option for people who are missing one or more teeth. They are permanent, they look and feel natural, and they are custom-made for the best possible fit. In order for dental implants to be successful, candidates for the procedure should have:

  • Adequate amount of bone in the jaw
  • Reasonably healthy gum tissue
  • Fully developed jawbone structure
  • No medical or dental condition that can affect proper healing post-surgery, such as uncontrolled diabetes
  • No ongoing radiation or chemotherapy treatment

While these typically describe a good candidate, patients should attend a consultation with one of our cosmetic dentists to know for sure. At this time your gums and jaw are examined, revealing whether they would make an adequate foundation for the titanium post that will be anchored to the jawbone. There are a variety of effective missing teeth replacement alternatives that can often be performed for patients who are not candidates for dental implants. Dr. Fulbright will go over all of your options with you at your initial consultation to determine the treatment that can best meet your goals.

Missing Teeth Conditions

Ideal dental implant candidates are typically those who meet the requirements listed above and are affected by the following conditions:

A Single Missing Tooth

A dental implant can replace a single missing tooth without affecting surrounding teeth. If the adjacent teeth are healthy, there is typically no need to modify them or grind them down in order to accommodate the implant.

Several Missing Teeth

Dental implants can be significantly advantageous in cases of multiple missing teeth. While partial dentures are often utilized to replace several missing teeth, they can wear down surrounding healthy teeth and potentially even cause decay and discomfort. Implants can serve as an effective alternative to partial dentures since they will not affect adjacent, healthy teeth. They also do not require any additional maintenance aside from normal brushing and flossing, and they are designed to look, function, and feel like natural teeth.

All Teeth Missing

A full set of dental implants can be utilized to replace all missing teeth on the upper and lower arches. If you are missing all of your teeth, dental implants can ultimately prevent “facial collapse” – a condition that often develops when the jawbone deteriorates because of bone loss. With a full set of dental implants, the structure of the jawbone can be maintained in addition to the cosmetic and functional benefits that implants can provide.

Our dentist will evaluate your needs during the initial consultation. If you are not a candidate, advanced alternatives such as implant supported dentures or other options can be explored to help you restore your teeth with exceptional results.

If you would like to learn about candidacy for dental implants, please contact us for more information, or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Fulbright.