Dental implants offer unrivaled security and a very natural looking solution to tooth loss. They differ significantly from dental bridges or removable partial/full dentures. However, since they require oral surgery to place, as well as a healing period, not every patient may be a viable candidate. Who qualifies for dental implants?
Frequently Asked Questions About Qualifying for Dental Implant Placement
Question: What if I have lost jawbone tissue?
Answer: When we lose one or more teeth the body immediately registers the loss of the roots, meaning the body suspends the flow of calcium and phosphorus to the jawbone. The bone tissue then dissolves. For traditional implants, this can mean you lack enough jawbone tissue to support the new tooth and may require a bone grafting procedure. However, with All-on-4, we can address advanced tooth loss with an implant-retained prosthetic. Since the prosthetic will only require four implant posts, people that have lost jawbone tissue can receive treatment.
Question: Will gum disease impact my candidacy?
Answer: Advanced gum disease, also known as periodontitis, can lead to adult tooth loss. As a result, this can obviously cause problems for replacing your missing teeth. However, you can manage the disease with general dental procedures, which can improve the chances of qualifying for dental implants.
Question: What if I’ve lost several teeth?
Answer: We can use implants to secure a fixed bridge or denture. Which means we can address both minor tooth loss and advanced tooth loss. In fact, we can replace every tooth on one or both arches with implant-secured dentures.
Question: How do I keep my new teeth strong?
Answer: You should care for them as you would natural teeth, which means brushing twice a day and flossing every night before bed. You also need to have your teeth (implant included!) examined and cleaned every six months.
Do You Have Questions About Dental Implant Candidacy?
Our team can provide you with a lifelike and long lasting tooth replacement option using implant technology. To learn more, speak with Dr. Wright by calling Just Wright Dental Surgery Center in Waxahachie, TX, today at (469) 732-1987.