Who are Candidates for Dental Implants?

Almost anyone at any age is a candidate for dental implants. Those with uncontrolled systemic disorders, such as uncontrolled diabetes, must maintain stability of their disease to improve the success of their dental implants. Smokers can generally be successfully treated with dental implants, but risk of problems with certain procedures are elevated for those who smoke.

Lack of bone density is generally not a negative factor to justify avoiding placing dental implants. However, those taking certain medications for osteoporosis need to consult their general physician before engaging in dental implant care.

What makes one a dental implant candidate?

A candidate for dental implants is anyone who has lost one or more teeth due to dental disease, including tooth decay, periodontal disease, or traumatic injury. Implants are also a reasonable alternative to heroic dental procedures for many patients who have extensive periodontal disease or tooth decay, which is impractical to treat with the likelihood of long-term success. Either the amount of remaining bone, or tooth structure of a potential dental implant patient is often the determining factor between saving or extracting a tooth. Remaining bone and tooth structure determine whether dental implant replacement is preferable to other options, such as periodontal surgery, bone grafting procedures, dental crowns, bridges, or dentures.

Dental implants can last a lifetime if properly cared for. Dental implants and periodontal surgery are affordable at my dental implant centers in Long Beach/North Orange County, Downey, Torrance, Fallbrook/North San Diego County, Pauma Valley, Westlake Village and Temecula. (Click here to find an ADHP Dental implant center closest to you).

How happy are previous candidates with their dental implants?

For more than 30 years I have successfully treated many patients from all walks of life, some of whom were well into their nineties. Why don't we let them speak for themselves:

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"After a long process and this being my first set of implants, I am finally finished. What a wonderful job! The staff and assistants were all very professional and supportive. The implants are beautiful and I can now feel confident in smiling again. Thank you very much."

Evelyn Ehlers, July 27, 2011
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"I would like to thank you for the wonderful dental work. You are a first-class surgeon as well as an artist. I have to thank you for your kindness as you put your patients at ease. Needless to say, this is so important for healing of your patients. I can chew again and I can smile again and consequently I feel better!"

Krste Blace
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"I received good service are personal and very very professional, I am happy with my visit, I recommend other people to this clinic."

Mario Galan

If you would like to get a free consultation**, fill out the "Free Consultation" form in the right column of this page to see if you are a candidate for dental implants.

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