Enjoying your new smile thanks to dental implants is exciting. Even if you’ve experienced extensive tooth loss, the right number of dental implant posts can effectively restore and rebuild your smile. However, before you receive your dental implant posts at our Ft. Worth, TX, office, we’ll ensure that the procedure will be a success by first carefully examining the state of your oral health. In some rare cases, one or more prerequisite procedures may be necessary to build up your smile’s foundation before its ready for your new, implant-supported teeth.

The state of your periodontal health

Severe gum disease, or periodontal disease, is the leading cause of adult tooth loss today. Therefore, one of the most important steps to rebuilding your smile is to ensure that you don’t have gum disease, or that it’s brought under control as soon as possible, if you do. If periodontal disease was the cause for your tooth loss, then it can continue eroding your smile’s foundation even after your replacement teeth are secured. To avoid this, we may suggest undergoing expert periodontal treatment from a trusted periodontist before proceeding with your tooth replacement procedure.

The strength of your jawbone structure

When periodontal disease is severe, it affects the strength and integrity of your jawbone structure. This is why it’s the leading cause of adult tooth loss. However, even if you don’t have gum disease, the loss of a tooth can also impact your jawbone through the loss of its root. Without the stimulation the root provided, your jawbone will receive fewer nutrients. If it’s been a while since your tooth has been lost, then this effect may be significant and could impact your jawbone’s ability to receive dental implants.

The presence of other oral health issues

In addition to gum disease or jawbone degradation, other oral health issues can also affect your smile long after you receive dental implants, if they aren’t addressed beforehand. For example, if a nearby tooth exhibits signs of decay, then it could continuously erode the tooth’s structure. If left untreated, the tooth may eventually fall out or require extraction, as well as complex treatment to address the severe infection. If the tooth is damaged, then it may affect the balance of your bite, and over time, the imbalance could force other teeth and your dental implant out of their proper alignment.

Learn more about preparing for dental implants

Before you get your dental implants, we’ll thoroughly examine your oral health to ensure that it’s ready to receive and support them. For more information, or to schedule a free consultation, call The Dental Implant Place in Ft. Worth, TX, today at 817-560-0414. We proudly serve the residents of Ft. Worth, Dallas, Southlake, and all surrounding communities.