If you are on the brink of tooth loss, or if you are already missing one or more teeth, you deserve an excellent replacement. No one should have to live with the stress or potential embarrassment of an incomplete smile. Did you know the best method for replacing one or more teeth is with dental implants in Dallas? It’s true — nothing else provides a comprehensive solution to tooth loss like an implant-retained replacement.
Are you a candidate for dental implants? Patients should meet a couple of conditions to benefit from implant dentistry in Dallas.
What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are tiny titanium cylinders that sort of resemble a miniature screw. They are surgically placed beneath the gum line, where they fuse with the jawbone and act as a prosthetic root for the crown, bridge, or denture that is secured on top. After the initial procedure, a healing period of four to six months is necessary for the full integration of the dental implants with the jawbone. A temporary tooth replacement will be worn during this time. In eligible candidates, dental implants enjoy a success rate of up to 95 percent.
Who Is a Good Candidate for Dental Implants?
Because traditional dental implants require a surgical procedure, patients should be healthy enough to heal following an invasive surgery. People who have HIV/AIDS, uncontrolled diabetes, advanced-stage cancer, and other conditions affecting the immune system are likely unfit for the dental implant procedure.
Healthy gums are another prerequisite for dental implants. Patients suffering from advanced levels of gum disease (periodontitis) must undergo effective periodontal therapy before dental implants are an option. Infected gums inhibit proper healing, drastically reducing the success of the implant procedure. Smokers should be aware of the negative effect of tobacco on the success of dental implants.
There is also the health of the jawbone to consider. Patients who have dealt with missing teeth for a longer period of time may have experienced significant jawbone degeneration. In these cases, or when the jawbone is already very weak, a bone augmentation procedure may be necessary prior to dental implantation. Two of the most common procedures preceding dental implants include:
- Sinus lift: A procedure that creates more room in the sinus, performed before placing dental implants in the upper molars
- Bone graft: Takes existing bone tissue from elsewhere in the body (or from a cadaver) and places it in the area where bone is lacking, creating a stronger base for dental implants
When bone augmentation procedures are performed before dental implants, the total treatment time is lengthened.
Let’s Discuss Your Candidacy for Dental Implants
The only way to know for sure whether or not you are a good candidate for dental implants is to schedule an appointment with your implant dentist in Dallas. Dr. Anna Willison handles every step of the dental implant process at the Dallas Center for Oral Health and Wellness. Contact usand request your visit today!