Am I a Candidate for Dental Implants?

Cosmetic & Family Dentist Serving Salt Lake City, West Valley City, Draper & Nearby Utah

Posted: April 25, 2014

Are you self-conscious about smiling or laughing because you’re missing one or more teeth? If you’d like to restore your mouth permanently, Salt Lake City dentist Dr. Keith Warr can determine whether or not you’re a candidate for dental implants.

Dental implants are lifelong restorations renowned for their stability. Because the artificial tooth roots are implanted beneath the gum line and chemically bond with the jawbone over time, they are the only permanent way to restore the look, feel, and function of a missing tooth.

Before you undergo the procedure to get a dental implant, Dr. Warr will first evaluate your oral health and discuss your restoration goals. General traits for a suitable implant candidate include:

  • Good overall dental health
  • Enough bone density in the jaw to support an implant
  • Non-smoker
  • Absence of chronic conditions such as diabetes or gum disease, which can negatively impact post-operative healing

Once the artificial tooth root has bonded with the bone, an implant can hold multiple restorations, including a crown, bridge, and even a partial or full denture. The apparatus that will best restore your smile will depend on whether you’re missing one tooth or multiple teeth.

To find out whether or not dental implants are right for you, please contact Warr Dental or call 801-216-3713 today to schedule your initial consultation. Dr. Warr welcomes patients throughout the Salt Lake City area.