While tooth loss still remains a problem for many adults, those who experience it are able to recover from the loss much more effectively than ever before. This is largely thanks to the advent of dental implants, which are custom-designed restorations supported by one or a series of root-like dental implant posts. With the help of dental implants, patients who experience tooth loss can more successfully rebuild their smiles by replacing their lost teeth roots. For the process to be successful, however, some patients may need to prepare for dental implant placement in different ways.
Ensuring the rest of your smile is healthy
Preparing for dental implants often means addressing the cause of your tooth loss and, if necessary, any consequences that have resulted from it. For example, a thorough dental examination beforehand could be necessary to determine the state of your oral health, the presence of problems like gum disease or tooth decay, or other concerns that might impact your dental implants and restoration. After your examination, you’ll know if you’re prepared to receive your dental implants right away, or if you may need additional treatment to restore your oral health first.
Extracting any severely compromised teeth
Losing a tooth is often the result of an underlying oral health problem, and sometimes, the lost tooth isn’t the only one that’s been compromised. Before recommending dental implant placement, you may need to restore or, in extreme cases, extract another tooth that still remains, but is severely compromised. Extracting the tooth will mean that your dental implant restoration should replace it, as well, and could impact the design of your implant restoration. It may also help you avoid any further complications with your teeth or oral health after your implant restoration has been secured in place.
Boosting the strength of your dental ridge
One of the more significant impacts of tooth loss involves the reaction within your dental ridge after a natural tooth is uprooted. Without the tooth’s root resting in its socket, the bone structure of the dental ridge will receive less stimulation and fewer minerals and nutrients. This can diminish the strength of your dental ridge and complicate the placement of your dental implant posts. In severe cases, jawbone grafting may be necessary to boost the strength of the dental ridge in order to successfully support your dental implant posts.
Learn more about dental implant placement
If you’ve lost one or more natural teeth, then you may be a good candidate for dental implant placement and restoration. To learn more, schedule a free consultation by calling The Dental Implant Place in Ft. Worth, TX, today at 817-560-0414.