Am I a Candidate for Dental Implants?candidate for dental implants

How many teeth are you missing? 10? 8? 1? If the answer is even one, then you could be a candidate for dental implants. They are, simply put, the best way of dealing with missing teeth.

Not everyone is a candidate for dental implants, though. If you have cancer or diabetes, your condition might make it impossible for you to have dental implants. Usually, though, the health issues that might make you a poor candidate for dental implants are few and far between.

Generally speaking, you are a good candidate for dental implants if there is enough bone in your jaw to support the implants, your teeth and gums are generally healthy, your oral hygiene practices are good, and you do not smoke. If you do smoke, you will have to commit to stopping over the course of the treatment, since smoking can inhibit healing.

To be a good candidate for dental implants, you will also have to commit to a long course of treatment. The implant surgery itself can be done in a day, but your gums need time to heal – usually about six months. The surgery itself is fast and easy, but you do need to allow for sufficient healing time. If you are not willing to commit to this timeframe, then you would be better off considering a dental bridge or dentures as opposed to dental implants. When it comes to dental implants, patience is needed.

The other thing to keep in mind when you are considering whether you are a candidate for dental implants is the condition of your gums. If you have gum disease, your dentist will want to treat it and correct it before you can have dental implants. Once your gums have healed, though, you can proceed with the implant surgery.

Contact Our Implant Dentist in Lake Oswego

Dental implants are the best way of replacing missing teeth. If you want to find out if you are a good candidate for dental implants, call Dental Arts & Wellness in Lake Oswego, OR. You can reach us at 503-603-0700, and Dr. Yamaguchi will be happy to meet with you and talk about dental implants, as well as other ways of restoring missing teeth.

Background Image
Read What Our Patients Say About Us



  • Dr. Yamaguchi and her team are great! They are very professional at their work and they care about my dental needs, my financial option as well. I had good visiting experience there.

    Jing C.
  • #1 Dentist and Dental Team Ever! They treat you like family while providing top quality dental care. Because of this we always look forward to our visits to the dentist hands down. I highly recommend Dr. Yamaguchi and her team.

    Suzie S.
  • Excellent! Front desk always friendly and helpful. Vivian did an excellent job. Not easy to fill in for a regular. She could easily become a regular member of the staff.

    Deanna W.
  • "I have a number of systemic health issues that I am trying to better understand and Dr. Yamaguchi made me feel heard. She was very careful to consider my overall health vs. just my dental health. Great 1st visit and I'll be back."

    Celeste P.

 Contact Us