There are many different things that make dental implants preferable for many patients who’ve experienced tooth loss, and they all stem from the fact that implants are designed to replace your lost teeth roots. This also means that receiving dental implants is more complicated than receiving a more traditional restoration, and because of this, some patients may question whether or not they qualify for it. The good news is that qualifying for dental implants may not be as challenging as you expect, especially with more minimally invasive dental implant treatment.
When you first experience tooth loss
The best time to replace your lost teeth with dental implants is as soon as possible after you’ve lost them. Some of the factors that can influence your candidacy for dental implants stem from the effects that tooth loss has on your remaining teeth and oral structures. The sooner you replace them, the sooner you can address these consequences. Because the impacts of tooth loss are still minimal, most patients who’ve recently lost one or more teeth are good candidates for dental implant placement, and don’t require additional treatment to prepare for them. However, if their tooth loss was caused by a chronic underlying condition, like gum disease, that might not be the case.
When you lose teeth to gum disease
While there are many different reasons for people to experience tooth loss, severe periodontal disease (or gum disease) is the most common one. Gum disease starts as a seemingly minor condition known as gingivitis, an infection in the gums that surround and protect your teeth up to their crowns. The infection known as gingivitis causes your gums to become highly irritated and inflamed, which causes the tissue to separate from your teeth roots. As the infection progresses, it can begin to cause severe damage to gum tissues, as well as the jawbone structure that lies just underneath it.
When your jawbone’s a little weaker
Because of the continued destruction that gum disease causes to your oral structures, stopping its progression may be only part of your preparation for dental implant placement. The diseased tissue may need to be restored, and depending on the extent of the disease, your jawbone structure may also have been affected. Traditionally, placing dental implants in a weakened jawbone required grafting, and today, there are still cases that may require it. However, using specialized dental implant posts and minimally invasive treatment techniques, we may be able to help you enjoy dental implants without the need for bone grafting.
Find out if you qualify for dental implants
If you want to rebuild your smile with dental implants, it may not be as difficult to qualify for the treatment as you might expect. 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.