Our success rates for dental implants greatly relies on the overall health of the patient, the location of the missing tooth, the bite force, and the amount of (and quality of) bone in the jaw. It used to be that dentures and bridges were the only option for tooth replacement. In the last 20 years implants have given us options that we never had in improving the lives on many individuals. Implant placement is sometimes done at the time of tooth extraction and is referred to as an immediate implant. In other instances it is necessary to extract, place artificial bone in the area, and wait.
Patients who are interested in dental implants must be a good candidate. During the initial consultation visit, Dr. Spath will speak with patients to find out what their primary desires are, and work with them in making their goals achievable. In some cases, if patients do not have enough bone, they may be better suited for bridges or dentures. These are also effective solutions but are typically not as long-lasting as dental implants are. However, they can be wonderful alternatives when necessary.
Dr. Spath is well versed in the placement and restoration of implants and usually recommends them when appropriate. For individuals who have felt “stuck” with dentures, Dr. Spath has the ability to replace the missing teeth with a restoration that is both natural in appearance and function at its best to allow patients to smile without any worries. If dental Implants Newport Beach interest you, feel free to schedule a consult with Dr. Spath.