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Dental Implants: Are They for Me?

By Thomas D. Taylor, D.D.S., M.S.D., and William R. Laney, D.M.D., M.S.

Are Dental Implants for Me?

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Are you missing all natural teeth in one or both jaws?

Are you missing one or more teeth in a jaw?

Are you having difficulty wearing a regular removable denture because you gag, find the denture is too bulky, feel pain, or generally dislike something movable in the mouth?

Do you have an oral defect or missing mouth part because of an injury, surgery to treat disease, or birth defect?

If you answered yes to any of the above conditions or preferences, you may be a candidate for dental implants.

Your age generally will not prevent the placement or use of dental implants. However, pre-adolescent or very elderly persons may not be good candidates for treatment.

Image indicating different mouth conditions under which a person might consider dental implants

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