Although dental implants are relatively new to the world of prosthetic dentistry, they’ve already become popular enough that most people are familiar with them. By them time many people experience tooth loss, they already recognize that dental implants can offer the most realistic solution or replacing them. At our Ft. Worth, TX, office, we focus solely on planning, placing, and restoring dental implant posts and restorations to help patients enjoy fuller, healthier smiles. To help ensure the success of your implants, we’ll also help you prepare for them by addressing any concerns that might impact your candidacy.
1. Undergo gum disease treatment first
The most common reason for adults to lose permanent teeth is advanced gum disease (also known as periodontal disease). The condition is a chronic disease that affects your periodontal tissues, or gums, and jawbone structure surrounding your teeth. Because it’s a chronic condition, gum disease doesn’t go away on its own, and you may continue to lose teeth to it until you’ve successfully addressed it. You will also need to get your gum disease under control before replacing your lost teeth with dental implants. Otherwise, its effects on your gums and jawbone structure can cause your dental implants to fail.
2. Ask about jawbone grafting
Whether it’s from severe gum disease or the prolonged absence of lost teeth roots, many patients who want to rebuild their smiles also exhibit diminished mass and density in their jawbones. In severe cases, this can make placing dental implant posts impossible without the help of jawbone grafting to strengthen the foundation. However, at our office, we take a minimally invasive approach to restoring smiles, and can utilize small diameter implants to reduce your chances of needing a graft. While we can perform jawbone grafting if necessary, small diameter implants can be placed with less surrounding jawbone structure than traditional implant posts.
3. Extract any severely compromised teeth
Depending on the specific reason why you’ve lost one or more teeth, you may also have one or more remaining teeth that have become too compromised to restore. Before planning and placing your dental implants, we’ll carefully examine your teeth and oral health to determine if you have other teeth that are bound to fall out or require extraction. If so, then restoring your entire smile at once may be preferable, in which case we may suggest extracting them and replacing them with dental implants, as well.
Learn how you can prepare for dental implants
For many patients who’ve experienced tooth loss, we can help them prepare for and receive their dental implants all in one office. To learn more, schedule a free consultation by calling 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.