The point of dental implants is to address your tooth loss in a way that helps you regain most of the vital functions of your lost teeth. This means replacing the roots of your teeth to reestablish their ability to sustain your bite pressure and to stimulate your jawbone structure. The process of rebuilding your smile with dental implants is more complex than it is with a more conventional restoration. Therefore, there may be one or more concerns that you’ll have to address before receiving your dental implant-supported restoration.

Any other existing oral health concerns

There are several different potential reasons for losing a tooth, and they don’t always occur in a bubble. For instance, you may have lost one or more teeth because of the presence of severe gum disease, but that doesn’t mean gum disease is the only oral health concern you exhibit. Before replacing the tooth or teeth that you’ve lost, you might need personalized treatment address the gum disease that caused it as well as any other concerns with your oral tissues and/or remaining teeth.

The redesigning of your existing restoration

If you already have a conventional dental bridge or denture in place of your lost teeth, then receiving dental implants to improve it can be a significant upgrade to the quality of your restoration. Fortunately, implant-supported restorations don’t differ greatly from conventional ones other than their reliance on more root-like supportive posts. This means creating your new restoration won’t be as complicated as you might expect, and the visible results won’t take away from your smile’s natural, healthy appearance. In fact, with more secure support, your redesigned restoration can offer more lifelike results, both in its function and its overall appearance.

The need for preparatory procedures first

Taking the state of your oral health and the existence of a previous dental bridge or denture (if necessary), it’s important to consider your need for preparatory dental treatment before receiving your dental implants. For example, severe gum disease could require a lengthy periodontal maintenance plan to properly address, and your dental implant dentist will work closely with your periodontal specialist to ensure optimal results for your oral health. For some patients, preparing for dental implants may also include having to receive a minimal amount of jawbone grafting to strengthen their smile’s foundation.

Learn more about getting dental implants

Before getting dental implants, make sure the rest of your smile is prepared by addressing any other oral health concerns first. To learn more, schedule a free consultation by calling The Dental Implant Place in Ft. Worth, TX, today at 817-560-0414.