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Understanding Your
Candidacy for Dental Implants

Dental implants are a preferred solution for a variety of dental problems. The durable, attractive and affordable treatment can restore your smile, confidence and oral functioning and provide long lasting results.

If you wear dentures, dental implants can be an excellent alternative. Many denture-wearers suffer from ill-fitting, painful dentures that cause difficulty eating, speaking and enjoying everyday activities. The dentures may shift, slip or click, resulting in embarrassment for the wearer. Dental implants are an effective alternative because they are permanently integrated into the jaw. This secure placement eliminates embarrassing slips, clicks and discomfort.

Ask Dr. Agarwal: Am I a Candidate for Dental Implants?

Missing teeth can cause pain, impair functioning and make your smile less confident and attractive. Dental implants can replace your missing tooth with a custom-made artificial tooth that fits your mouth perfectly. This custom fit is one of the reasons that dental implants are so comfortable. Most patients never notice their dental implants after they are inserted because they feel so natural.

Dental implants look natural as well. Each implant is individually designed to match the shape, size and color of the surrounding teeth. The result is a tooth so natural looking that no one will know it is actually an implant.

Dental implants may be right for you if you experience embarrassment from a missing tooth, or if you find yourself smiling less often because of the space left by a missing tooth. You may feel self-conscious when your dentures or partials slip while visiting with friends or eating out at your favorite restaurant. Maybe you feel resigned when you place your dentures in your mouth each morning, or are tired of the mouth sores caused by their ill fit. Maybe you recently noticed that the teeth supporting your bridge seem more worn down.

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If you can identify with any of these scenarios, dental implants may be the right option for you.


Dr. Anil K. Agarwal has been a Board-Certified Prosthodontist for more than thirty years. He earned his DDS in 1974 from King George’s Medical School and went on to complete a residency in Prosthodontics at Northwestern University. Dr. Agarwal earned both Fellowship and Diplomate status in the International Congress of Oral ImplantologistsCongress of Oral Implantologists, and has Fellow status in the Academy of General Dentistry and the American College of Osseointegration.