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Are You a Candidate for Dental Implants?

Are You a Candidate for Dental Implants?

With the exception of growing children, dental implants are the solution of choice for people of all ages, even those with the following health concerns:

  • Existing Medical Conditions If you can have routine dental treatment, you can generally have an implant placed. While precautions are advisable for certain conditions, patients with such chronic diseases as high blood pressure and diabetes are usually successful candidates for dental implant treatment.
  • Gum Disease or Problem Teeth.
  • Currently Wearing Partials or Dentures Implants can replace removable bridges or dentures, or they can be used to stabilize and secure the denture, making it much more comfortable.
  • Smokers. Although smoking significantly lowers the success rate of implants, it doesn't eliminate the possibility of getting them. Cessation of smoking is imperative if you are to have implants placed. You must quit smoking for good if you are to be a successful implant candidate.
  • Bone Loss. Bone loss is not uncommon for people who have lost teeth or had periodontal disease. If you have significant bone loss Dr. Holsen will refer you to an Oral and maxillofacial surgeon or Periodontist, who has been trained and is experienced in grafting bone to safely and permanently secure the implant.

Implant tooth replacement in children is usually deferred until their jaw growth is complete. There are, however, some instances when a dental implant may be appropriate, such as when it is part of the child's orthodontic treatment plan. Dr. Holsen or your orthodontist can guide you in this instance.

Call the practice of Dr. Peter Holsen today at 864-859-4111 to schedule your dental implant consultation or second-opinion visit. Our office is located in Easley, and we serve patients from Easley, Clemson, Seneca, Greenville Area and the Upstate with clinical excellence and sensational customer service.