You may be a good candidate for dental implants if you are missing one or more teeth and have an otherwise healthy dental foundation. That said, dental implants are not always the best option for replacing missing teeth. Some medications, health problems and other factors can prevent dental implants from successfully fusing with the jaw bone in certain patients. A consultation with Phoenix implant dentist Dr. Donald Wilcox can determine if dental implants are the right choice for you. Dental implants can typically be used to replace missing teeth in patients of all ages with the exception of children, whose bones are still developing. Good candidates for dental implants typically have healthy gums and adequate jaw bone structure in which to anchor the dental implant replacement “root.” Insufficient bone may not preclude you from receiving dental implants. For many patients, a bone grafting procedure can provide the necessary foundation for dental implant posts. While dental implants are effective for most patients, they are not the best solution for everyone with missing teeth. If Dr. Wilcox does not believe that dental implants will properly fuse with your jaw, he may recommend an alternative such as a fixed dental bridge or dentures. If you live in the Phoenix, Scottsdale, Peoria or Glendale, Arizona, areas and would like to learn if you’re a candidate for dental implants, please contact Desert Smiles Cosmetic & Sedation Dentistry to schedule your personal consultation.