May 27, 2021
If you’ve lost one or more teeth, you’ve likely heard about the benefits of dental implants. They are unlike any other treatment because they mimic the entire tooth structure from the root up. You can enjoy a nearly perfect replica of your real teeth using a solution that can thrive for decades. In most cases, patients who have good oral and general health are candidates for the procedure, but 3 issues might prevent you from getting them. Don’t worry, you can still benefit from dental implants with a few precautions.
1. Untreated Gum Disease
Dental implants are the most reliable option to treat lost teeth with over a 95% success rate. Their longevity largely relies on having a healthy foundation. Although the risk of dental implant failure is rare, the most common cause for complications is an infection. As a result, you won’t be a candidate if you have active gum disease.
If you have the infection, that doesn’t eliminate you from getting dental implants. Instead, you’ll need to undergo periodontal therapy to restore your oral health before moving forward with your placement surgery.
2. Low Jawbone Density
You can lose as much as 25% of your jaw’s density within the first year of having a missing tooth because the bone isn’t being stimulated by a root. If you lost teeth several years ago, or you had advanced stages of gum disease, your jaw may not be strong enough to support your dental implants. Without adequate bone, it will ultimately lead to dental implant failure.
During your consultation for dental implants, your dentist will review a CT scan of your jaw to ensure there is enough bone for your posts. If there is any weakness, you will need bone grafting before moving forward. The procedure uses bone from another area of your body or a donor to enhance the thickness of your jaw to ensure it can properly fuse to your posts and support them long-term.
3. Certain Medical Conditions
Your dentist will review your medical history during your consultation, including any medications you’re taking. Patients must be in good health before having their placement surgery. If you have uncontrolled diabetes or a recent cardiac event, your surgery will be postponed until you’re in better health. Depending on the medical issues, your dentist may need to take extra steps to ensure the success of your procedure, especially if you have conditions that can affect your body’s ability to heal and fight infections.
If you’re ready to treat your tooth loss, take your first step toward a complete smile by scheduling a consultation with your dentist. They’ll ensure dental implants are the right choice for you.
About Dr. David Earnest
Dr. Earnest earned his dental degree at the University of Texas Health Science Center. He has continued his training to focus on implant dentistry, allowing him to be a member of the Academy of Osseointegration and the International Congress of Oral Implantologists. If you’re interested in dental implants, contact our office today to schedule your consultation.
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