After the stress of losing one or more teeth, being able to finally enjoy your full, healthy smile again is one of the greatest benefits of receiving dental implants. Yet, the success of your dental implants relies on several different, equally important factors, which is why every treatment plan at our Ft. Worth, TX, office begins with a comprehensive examination. If one or more issues may pose a challenge to your dental implants, then you might need to undergo one or more treatments to properly prepare your smile to receive your dental implant posts.
Treatment to control gum disease
There are many different reasons why you might have experienced tooth loss. For a majority of patients, the cause is periodontitis – or severe periodontal disease – and the destruction that it causes to the structures that support your teeth. The problem with periodontal disease is that it doesn’t stop on its own, even after you’ve lost teeth to it. Therefore, if you have periodontitis, then the first step to rebuilding your smile may be to undergo appropriate treatment for it. Once your periodontal disease is under control and no longer progressing, we can focus on planning your dental implant placement procedure.
A restoration for another tooth
While dental implants are designed to replace your lost teeth with highly lifelike results, your lost teeth may not be the only concern with your oral health. For instance, you may also have a tooth that is damaged or has become infected with decay and requires personalized restorative treatment. The goal of receiving dental implants to replace your lost teeth is to fully restore your smile, but that may also include repairing one or more compromised teeth to avoid losing them, as well.
Grafting to strengthen your jawbone
Your jawbone is the foundation of your smile and supports your healthy, natural teeth roots in a similar way it will support your dental implant posts. This requires an ample amount of mass and density to accommodate and stabilize your implant posts; if your jawbone has grown weaker from the loss of your teeth roots, then you may need jawbone grafting to strengthen it. However, we may be able to help you avoid the need for grafting by utilizing minimally invasive treatment techniques, including using small-diameter implant posts that can be supported by less dense jawbone structure.
Find out what you need before getting implants
Dental implants are a great tooth replacement option for many patients who’ve experienced tooth loss, but in some cases, we may need to prepare your smile with appropriate treatment first. For more information, 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.