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Losing teeth isn’t ever any fun – especially if you’re an adult. Tooth loss can have some pretty significant impacts on your oral health, and your overall quality of life. That’s part of the reason that so many different options for replacing lost teeth exist. It’s important to have your mouth full of the teeth that belong there.

Dental implants are a well-used solution for this problem, but they’re not the right fit for everyone. So how do you know if implants are right for your situation? Well, there are a few easy ways to find out. Read more to see if implants can help fix your tooth loss problems.

Healthy gums
One of the key things that Dr. Anmar Obaidi looks for when you come in for an implant consultation at O Dental in San Clemente, California is your gum health. Often, when teeth are lost in adulthood, it’s due to poor oral health. Usually, bad gum health accompanies that.

Your gums have to be healthy enough to support an implant. The titanium post that’s inserted into your gums requires nearly the same support that the root of a real tooth would. If you don’t have the gum health to support them, it’s likely implants aren’t right for you.

Level of tooth decay or loss
If you’re experiencing tooth decay, you may not need implants. If the decay can be stopped with fillings and a rigorous oral health routine, then a crown may be all that you need to regain control of your oral health. You don’t want to use an implant if you can keep your real tooth in your mouth.

However, if you have complete loss of a tooth, implants are likely your best bet for getting your smile back.

To learn more, or to schedule a consultation to see if you’re a fit for implants, call us today at 949-487-6780.