Are Dental Implants Right for Me?
When it comes to replacing missing teeth, dental implants have quickly become the most popular option. It is a unique treatment, providing a very different alternative to bridges and dentures. Treatment involves the surgical placement of small titanium rods into your jawbone. As you heal, your bone gradually fuses to the posts in a process called osseointegration. This process stabilizes the posts in your jaw, essentially turning them into secure roots that are then used to provide support for the ceramic crowns that serve as your replacement teeth. At ROOT™ Periodontal and Implant Center, we offer this incredible treatment for replacing teeth, no matter if you are missing one or you are missing many. Before getting dental implants, however, we first need to determine if implants are the best solution for you.
Are You Missing Teeth?
Dental implants are a treatment designed to replace missing teeth. It is an extremely versatile treatment that can be used to replace a single missing tooth or several missing teeth. It can even be used to replace a full arch of missing teeth. During your initial consultation, you undergo a thorough oral exam that will help us to determine the best solution to meet your specific needs.
Are You Healthy?
Getting dental implants involves a surgical procedure. To undergo surgery, you need to be in good health. Any oral health complications, such as gum disease, need to be treated before undergoing surgery. If you have a chronic health condition, such as diabetes, it is important that your condition is under control. Placing dental implants when a chronic health condition is not well controlled can result in serious complications, both during surgery as well as while you are healing. These complications can result in infections and implant failure.
Smoking and drinking do not disqualify you from implants, but these habits can interfere with healing. Smoking and other tobacco products limit oxygen in your blood as well as slow blood flow. This can reduce slower healing and an increased risk of infection. Smoking can also lead to dry socket, a condition in which the clots become dislodged from the surgical wounds, increasing your infection risk. Alcohol can interfere with the clotting process. If you want dental implants, it will be important to quit smoking and drinking, at least until you have fully healed if you cannot quit for good.
How Much Bone Loss Have You Experienced?
Dental implants rely on the fusion of your jawbone to the posts for stability and success. However, bone loss begins occurring shortly after tooth loss due to a decrease in stimulation. If you lose too much bone mass, your jawbone will not be able to fuse properly to the posts, or it may not be able to fuse at all. This can lead to loose implants and implant failure. If you do not have enough bone mass at your initial consultation, this does not mean you cannot get implants. We can perform a bone graft, which restores strength and shape to your jawbone. If you are missing an entire arch of teeth, you may also be a candidate for All on 4, which enables you to avoid the need for a bone graft.
Am I Too Old for Implants?
Many older patients tend to think that they are too old for dental implants. This simply is not true. So long as your jaw is fully developed, you are healthy, and you have enough bone mass in your jaw, you may be a good candidate for dental implants. No matter if you are in your late 20s or you are in your 70s, the benefits of dental implants are all the same. A thorough consultation will help us to determine if implants are the best solution for you.
With dental implants, we can restore the functions of your missing teeth, your smile, and your whole quality of life. If you are interested in learning more about dental implants, and finding out if they are right for you, call ROOT™ Periodontal and Implant Center at Carrollton: (972) 662-8660 or Flower Mound: (469) 444-1515 today.