A dental implant is a substitute for the root of your natural tooth. It is integrated into your jawbone and serves as an anchor for a replacement tooth. You may be a good candidate for dental implants if: •You have sufficient jawbone. Your jawbone must be high enough and wide enough for the implant to fit. If you don’t have sufficient jawbone, a bone graft may be performed to add height and width. •You have healthy gums. Healthy gums are necessary because they protect your jawbone and remaining teeth from infection. Your gums must also heal closely around the implant to hold it in place, so they must be in good condition. •Your jawbone is sufficiently dense, with enough hard bone to hold the implant firmly in place. To determine your candidacy for dental implants, you will receive a careful examination to evaluate the condition of your gums and jaw. This may include X-rays, imaging tests and blood tests. Dr. Donald Wilcox, DDS is an experienced Phoenix implant dentist, offering the latest in restorative dentistry. He can help restore your healthy, beautiful smile. Have you lost one or more teeth because of an accident or tooth decay? If so, and you live in Phoenix or Peoria, Arizona, please contact the restorative dentists at Desert Smiles to schedule an appointment to determine your implant candidacy.