Dr. Chow is a qualified dental implant dentist with skills and experience you can count on. Dental implants work to reverse pitfalls associated with missing teeth such as gum disease and jawbone depletion. These are two serious conditions that can lead to the additional loss of teeth. Dental implants are an effective treatment for restoring your smile. Unlike dental implants, common tooth-replacement strategies including dentures and dental bridges don’t work to counteract gum disease and jawbone depletion.
Are Dental Implants Right for You?
When you met with our Thunder Bay dentist for your free consultation, the two of you will decide if dental implants are the right solution for you. Dr. Chow will fully review your dental history and other factors to help determine if you are a good candidate for dental implants.
Conditions that May Require Additional Preparation
There are some conditions such as gum disease and jawbone depletion that must be treated before a patient is eligible for dental implant surgery. Dr. Chow will determine if pre-implant treatments are a viable option to prepare the site for dental implants.
The following conditions must be corrected before a patient is eligible for dental implants:
- Poor jawbone density
- Gum disease
- Bruxism (excessive teeth grinding)
- Preexisting dental conditions such as an impacted tooth
When Dental Implants are Not Recommended
There are some cases where dental implants are not advisable. The following conditions render a patient ineligible for dental implants:
- Tobacco use
- Substance abuse
- Under 18 years of age
- Autoimmune disorders