For people who experience tooth loss and understand its significance to their oral health, the ability to replace their lost teeth roots makes dental implants the obvious choice for rebuilding their smiles. Their high biocompatibility also means that dental implants can be the optimal solution for most tooth loss patients. However, the many different consequences of losing teeth (and teeth roots) can create one or more concerns that could impact your dental implant placement. Today, we examine a few of things concerns, and the steps you can take to properly prepare for your dental implants.
Have a complete examination done first
The first step to receiving your dental implants is to have a comprehensive examination done of your teeth, dental ridges, and oral tissues. This isn’t just to plan for your dental implant treatment, but also to thoroughly check that your oral tissues and structures are healthy enough to receive and support your dental implant posts. For example, if you exhibit gum disease, tooth decay, or other chronic oral health concerns, then their presence may pose a risk to the success of your dental implants.
Address any existing oral health concerns
If your dental examination reveals the presence of a concern like tooth decay or gum disease, then it’s important to plan on addressing the concern as soon as possible. In addition to the loss of your teeth and their roots, chronic oral health conditions can also cause consequences such as the erosion of your healthy remaining tooth structure or your supportive gums and jawbone structure. Dealing with it and restoring your good oral health will be important to securing the foundation of your smile to receive your dental implants and restoration.
Strengthen your jawbone, if necessary
There are many potential reasons for losing one or more teeth, and each of these conditions can have its own set of consequences on the rest of your oral health if not addressed. However, the loss of your teeth and their roots continue to impact your oral health in negative ways the longer it takes to replace them. This includes a continued loss of mass and density in your jawbone structure and, as a result, the degradation of your smile’s foundation. If necessary, you may require jawbone grafting to strengthen this foundation in preparation for your dental implant treatment.
Learn if you qualify for dental implants
Most patients who’ve experienced tooth loss can be good candidates for replacing their lost teeth with dental implants. If necessary, however, we can help you prepare your oral health to receive your implants first. To learn more, schedule a free consultation by calling The Dental Implant Place in Ft. Worth, TX, today at 817-560-0414.