While the prevalence of tooth loss has gone down over the years, it is still a fairly common issue that affects millions of Americans. Some people are more at risk than others, including those who do not practice good oral hygiene, those who smoke, and those who are in poor overall health. Fortunately, missing teeth can be replaced, and developments in dentistry have greatly improved how we can do this. One way Advanced Dental Associates can replace your missing teeth is with a dental implant.
Am I a Candidate for Dental Implants?
Many patients who have suffered tooth loss are good candidates for dental implants. In general, those who are in good overall health, do not have gum disease, and who are willing to quit smoking for at least the duration of their treatment can get implants. Implants can be an option no matter how many, or how few, teeth you are missing.
There are some situations in which dental implants may not be recommended, such as if you have an uncontrolled medical condition. If you are interested in finding out if you are a good candidate, we can help.
Is a Bone Graft Always Necessary?
Bone grafting is not always necessary for dental implants. If you get your teeth replaced soon after tooth loss and your jawbone is still fairly strong, this additional procedure may not be necessary. Bone grafting is recommended for those who have suffered bone loss and may not have the necessary strength to support the posts that are placed within your jawbone.
What Can Affect the Success of My Dental Implants?
With dental implants, your replacement teeth are secured by posts that are implanted into your jawbone. Your bone attaches to these posts during your recovery. The success of your treatment depends upon this fusion. If you do not have enough bone mass, fusion may not occur properly, or at all.
Other issues can affect the success of your dental implants as well. These issues include smoking and poor oral hygiene. Smoking can affect healing, leaving you vulnerable to infections. It can also affect how your bone fuses to the implants. Poor oral hygiene can impact the success of your treatment even years after successful healing. Without proper care, you can develop gum disease, which can weaken your jawbone, and your jawbone’s hold on the implant posts. If you are concerned about the stability of your dental implants after placement, schedule an appointment as soon as possible.
What Makes Dental Implants Permanent?
You may have heard that dental implants are considered to be a permanent solution for tooth loss. This is possible because of the actual implant posts themselves. The posts act as artificial roots. These fake roots stimulate your jawbone just like the roots of your real teeth, an action that helps to keep the bone healthy and strong. This also prevents bone loss. No traditional tooth replacement solution can do this.
Dental implants provide you with an additional option for replacing missing teeth. If you are interested in finding out if this unique treatment is right for you, contact Advanced Dental Associates at (210) 714-5589 today.