If you’ve lost one or more teeth, then dental implants would be the seemingly-obvious choice for replacing them. Implants bear the closest resemblance to your natural teeth roots, and best of all, they’re ideal for a large percentage of semi- and completely edentulous patients. But no dental treatment should be rushed into, and before you get dental implants, you should ask your dentist questions regarding your candidacy and what you may have to undergo first.
They May Be the Best Option
The reason implants are so popular isn’t because they’re relatively new. It’s because they do something that no other dental prosthetic can – replace the roots of your lost teeth, which rested in your jawbone. After a tooth is uprooted, that area of your jawbone receives fewer nutrients since there is nothing there to stimulate it. With an implant post in place, your replacement tooth/teeth will be able to once again stimulate your jawbone, helping to preserve your smile’s health, beauty, and integrity for years to come.
But Is your Jawbone Healthy Enough?
Before an implant can be placed and preserve your jawbone, however, the bone must be strong and dense enough to accept the implant and heal around it. If it’s been several years since you’ve lost a tooth, and especially if your tooth loss is due to severe gum disease, your jawbone may have lost a significant amount of density already.
You Might Need Gum Disease Treatment First
Speaking of gum disease, a dental implant (and any tooth replacement option, for that matter) is likely to fail again if you exhibit gum disease when it’s placed. Also known as periodontitis, severe gum disease erodes the tissues and jawbone structure that support your teeth, making it the leading cause of adult tooth loss. It can also cause your dental prosthetic to fail if it’s allowed to continue affecting your smile’s support system.