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If you are one of the million Americans have lost teeth, you know how difficult it can be to choose a desirable option. With many different treatments available for tooth replacement after tooth loss and extraction, it can be overwhelming making a choice without having the education you need to make a knowledgeable decision. Dr. Darren Gonzalez of Santa Rosa, California is available to assist patients in knowing more about solutions such as dental implants and determining if they are good candidates.

What is a dental implant?

A dental implant is a titanium post used to replace teeth in the smile. They act as a tooth root replacement and can replace one, several, or all of the teeth in the upper and/or lower dental arch. The dental implant is strong, durable, and provides a sturdy foundation for restorations such as crowns, bridges, and dentures. However, not everyone is considered an appropriate candidate for dental implants, so scheduling a consultation visit with Dr. Darren Gonzalez is the first step in learning more!

What might keep me from being an appropriate candidate for dental implants?

A full evaluation with Dr. Darren Gonzalez is the first step in learning more about the use of dental implants to restore the smile. During this time, he will decide if a patient is a good fit for this restoration. Some of the factors that might make a patient a poor candidate for dental implants include:

  • Insufficient jawbone to support the dental implant
  • Habits such as smoking, chewing tobacco, or excessive alcohol consumption
  • Uncontrolled diabetes
  • Cancer, radiation, or chemotherapy patients
  • Patients who have severe bruxism and do not use oral appliances to protect their teeth
  • Individuals who have severe tooth decay or periodontal disease

Are you considering dental implants?

If you want to learn more about the use of dental implants to restore the smile’s function and beauty, now is a great time to connect with Dr. Darren Gonzalez and his team in Santa Rosa, California. He accepts new patients in his practice, conveniently located at 1515 Montgomery Drive and can be reached to book an appointment at (707) 542-1532.