Who Qualifies for Dental Implants?

Replacing lost teeth does more than just improve how your smile looks; the replacements also restore the vital functions that were lost along with your teeth. For the most comprehensive results, we often suggest supporting a dental crown, bridge, or denture on one or more dental implants. The titanium prosthetic teeth roots help drastically improve the feel and function of your replacement teeth, but how do you know if you’re a candidate for the innovative restorations? The good news is that most patients who’ve lost teeth are viable candidates for dental implants, or may become eligible after prerequisite dental treatment.

What are Dental Implants?

Dental implants are not designed to completely replace traditional dental prostheses (they only replace your teeth’s roots, not the upper crown portions). On the contrary, implants are designed to supplement your bridge your denture with a more advanced support system that doesn’t require the assistance of your healthy remaining teeth. Each implant post is made from biocompatible titanium, and after they’ve been placed, your jawbone fuses to the implants as though they were natural teeth roots.

The Advantages of Implants Dentistry

Once your implant posts are securely inserted and your jawbone has completely healed, your custom dental prosthetic can be attached. As you bite and chew, the implants will hold your new teeth in place with more stability than traditional replacements can offer. With implanted anchors instead of clasps and adhesives, your dental prosthetic won’t slip and move around. Also, with your teeth’s roots restored, your jawbone won’t shrink as it typically does following tooth loss.

Can I Receive Dental Implants?

While most adults with missing teeth can usually receive dental implants, the two main requirements are that your jawbone is strong enough to support the implants, and your oral tissues are free of any dental diseases. Before recommending treatment, we’ll thoroughly examine your dental health and discuss your eligibility for dental implants.


Calcagno Cosmetic and Family Dentistry offer expert services including teeth whitening, Six Month Smiles, Invisalign, root canals, and pediatric dentistry. To schedule a consultation, please call (507) 218-8936. Dr. Gilly Calcagno and Dr. Kara Heimer welcome and serve patients from Rochester, Red Wing, St. Charles, Winona, Farmington, Austin, and the surrounding communities.