Dr. Ben Mandel and his dental team are dedicated to fixing your smile. Missing and damaged teeth can be difficult to live with and often times escalate to more complicated health problems. In order to help you stay healthy Dr. Ben Mandel has dedicated his practice to transforming broken smiles into strong, healthy and beautiful smiles with the help of dental implants.

Simply put, the dental implants are artificial teeth and roots that are surgically implanted into the jawbone. These implants than act as natural-looking, replacements and help patients have a more aesthetically pleasing smile, as well as a more functional mouth in general. Because this procedure is a surgical one, the process itself requires a certain kind of candidate. To know whether or not you qualify as a candidate for dental implants from our office in La Mesa, CA, we encourage you to read on.


The ideal dental implant candidates are those who has otherwise maintained a good dental and overall physical health. This includes having an adequately strong and healthy jawbone, and gum tissue that is able to support the implant. Candidates also may not have any signs of gum disease or tooth decay present in the area of the implant, as these can greatly impact the success rate of the procedure.

Should the jawbone or gum tissue lack the strength to withstand and support the implant, Dr. Ben Mandel can issue a bone graft or soft tissue augmentation. However, these procedures and the healing time associated with them will be made priority over the dental implant procedure.

Only a consultation with Dr. Ben Mandel can determine whether or not you will be a good candidate for dental implants. We encourage all patients considering the procedure to contact us today.

Bone Grafting and Soft Tissue Augmentation for Dental Implants

If a patient does not qualify as a candidate for a dental implant, it is most commonly due to a lack in sufficient jawbone structure to support the dental implants or an inadequate amount of gum tissue due to recession. However, this does not mean that they are automatically disqualified for the procedure; Dr. Mandel can provide additional procedures to get just about any patient on the right track to qualifying for the dental implants they desire.

At our dental office in La Mesa, Dr. Mandel offers bone grafting and soft tissue augmentation to prepare patients for dental implant success.

Bone grafting is a well known surgical procedure for increasing the jawbones density and stability. The procedure involves the use of bone from another part of the body (most commonly the hip) and attaches it to the jawbone. This process fixes the deficiency in the jawbone and when done several month prior to a dental implant procedure, can it can actually increase the overall strength of the jaw.

For instances when the patient’s problem is not jawbone strength but rather a lack of healthy gum tissue, Dr. Mandel can perform a soft tissue augmentation.This procedure involves taking the soft tissue from the roof of the mouth and using it to build up any of the gum tissue that has receded.

Schedule your Dental Implants Consultation in La Mesa

Having missing or damage teeth is hard in more ways than just one! If missing or damaged teeth are affecting your quality of life, contact us today to find out if you qualify as a candidate for dental implants.