When a tooth is lost, so is the root, and your jawbone is left with an empty space and no stimulation in that area. Over time, the bone will slowly lose mass and grow weaker, and your risk for further tooth loss will increase. While dental bridges and dentures can replace the top portions, or crowns, of your lost teeth, only dental implants can replace their roots and provide lifelike support for your dental prosthesis.
Do You Qualify for Dental Implants?
Dental implant posts are crafted from biocompatible titanium. After they are surgically-inserted into your jawbone, the bone will accept and fuse to the implants. The posts will be topped with connective abutments that protrude above your gums and can be used to secure a dental crown, bridge, or denture, depending on the extent of your tooth loss.
- To qualify for dental implants, your jawbone must be strong and your mouth free of dental diseases, such as tooth decay and/or gum disease.
- If you exhibit a cavity or gum disease, then your dentist may recommend a prerequisite treatment plan to address the condition before placing dental implants.
- If your jawbone has lost too much density, then you may qualify for a bone graft to fortify it. Donor tissue from another area of your body can be used to add mass to the area of your jawbone that must support the implant posts.
With the help of one or more biocompatible dental implants, you can not only rebuild your smile, but also protect it against the continuing effects of tooth loss. To find out if dental implants are right for you, schedule a visit with one of our experts by calling our Spring, TX, dentist’s office near you!