Dental implants are well-known for their success in replacing lost teeth, especially since they’re the only option for replacing lost teeth roots. The good news is that most patients with one or more missing teeth can be viable candidates for dental implants. However, there are still several factors that must be considered before implant surgery can be recommended. Fortunately, most of these factors can be effectively addressed with help from your oral health expert so that you, too, can enjoy the benefits of dental implant-supported replacement teeth.
If you have gum disease
Gum disease is the leading cause of adult tooth loss, and will remain a threat until treated. The mechanisms that lead to tooth loss, such as inflammation in the gums and damage to the jawbone, can also make gum disease a threat to your dental implants. If you wish to replace your lost teeth with one or more implants, then you may need periodontal treatment first to establish good periodontal health.
If your jawbone is too weak
For dental implants to remain in place, your jawbone must have an adequate amount of jawbone structure. Even if your jawbone hasn’t grown weak from gum disease, it may still do so if it’s been a while since you’ve lost your teeth. Without a full set of roots to stimulate it when you bite and chew, the jawbone doesn’t receive as many nutrients, which can lead to jawbone deterioration and possibly further tooth loss. For patients with weak jawbones, prerequisite procedures such as jawbone grafting can strengthen the jawbone in preparation for dental implant surgery.
ABOUT YOUR ROHNERT PARK, CA, ORAL SURGEONS:
Combining experience in oral and maxillofacial surgery with a genuine care for their patients’ health and comfort, the team at Santa Rosa and Rohnert Park Oral Surgery is ready to improve the health and beauty of smiles in the Sonoma County and North Bay area. To schedule a consultation, contact our office by calling 707-545-4625 (Santa Rosa) or 707-584-1630 (Rohnert Park).