Gum Disease and Dental Implants

If I’m losing my teeth because of gum disease, can I replace them with dental implants? Brent W. Dear Brent, While dental implants are a fantastic tooth replacement, you are not a candidate while you have advanced gum disease. As you can see from the image to the left, the dental implants have to be […]

Diabetes and Dental Implants

I’m losing a couple of teeth due to an accident and am hoping to get dental implants. The big problem with that is I have diabetes. Will that knock me out of contention for dental implants? If so, what are my options? Timothy Dear Timothy, Having diabetes doesn’t necessarily mean you will not be able […]

Are CT Scans Necessary for Dental Implants?

I’ve had lots of x-rays and now my dentist wants to do some CT scans as well. Is this truly necessary for dental implants? I’m concerned it’s unnecessary and it does cost a pretty penny. Jared Dear Jared, You can skip some x-rays, but I wouldn’t skip the CT scan for your dental implants. Placing […]

When Dental Implants Aren’t an Option

We hear all the time that if you’re going to have to replace a tooth, dental implants are the best option. That is true. There’s a two-fold reason for this. The first has to do with quality of life. They will be more secure because they’re anchored into the bone. Even the best fitting dentures […]

Dental Implants Keep Breaking

I need some advice. I had a dental implant placed. Within a week the whole thing just snapped off. The dentist said I’d have to have bone grafting done to have a new implant placed. I did. Then, when that was done, it was time to do the implant again. This time it lasted a […]

Dental Implants for Stuntmen

I’ve had a spate of bad luck in my field. I’m a stuntman. Typically we lose a tooth or two a year. I’ve lost three over the last six months. I’m not sure why, but I need to find good replacements. Will dental implants hold up for someone like me? I’m worried I’m going to […]

Dental Implant Isn’t Whitening with My Teeth

I went to a new dentist to get teeth whitening done. My dentist doesn’t do any cosmetic work, so I switched to one who does. My teeth are getting whiter but my implant isn’t. Does that just take longer? Laurie Dear Laurie, I feel like your new dentist hasn’t done his due diligence. He must […]