With the growth of nationwide dental implant clinics, clinics which do nothing but dental implants rather than offering complete dental services, it is increasingly true that not all implant specialists are created equal. The technicians who work at these clinics are nothing more than that – dental techs with narrowly focused training and experience. These are not the type of clinic for any patient seeking alternative tooth replacement therapies, for implants will always be the preferred treatment at these clinics, since they offer little else.
Are you a good candidate for dental implants?
Just as not all implant clinics are created equal, it is also true that not all patients seeking tooth replacement are good candidates for dental implant surgery.
“Surgery?” you ask. Yes, the placement of dental implants requires oral surgery. Depending on the number of teeth to be replaced, sometimes extensive oral surgery. For more on the dental implants process, please watch our dental video blog post, Introduction to Implants.
Here are some conditions that can affect your eligibility for implants include:
- A history of tobacco use
- Gum disease
- Lack of bone mass in the jaw
- Immune system disorder
- Some medications
Evaluation and consultation with the implant specialist
With these things in mind, your implant specialist should be willing to spend time talking with you about a variety of subjects; including whether you are a good candidate for successful implant surgery, alternative tooth replacement therapies, and the entire process involved, regardless of the therapy you choose.
Here at the Colorado Center for Implant and Prosthetic Dentistry, not only does Dr. Maroney conduct a full evaluation and consultation, he is the only implant specialist in the metro area who fabricates all tooth replacements for his patients – right here in the office; ensuring a custom fit and the ultimate in comfort for every one of his patients.
Throughout your consultation, be sure to ask as many questions as you need to become comfortable with the process. Sharing information is critical to your happiness, while anything relevant from you is also important, such as existing medical conditions or medications you may be taking.
The doctors and staff at The Colorado Center for Implant and Prosthetic Dentistry are available to help you determine effective solutions to all of your dental problems. If you would like more information from your Littleton area Prosthodontist, please call to make an appointment today.