Losing a tooth can result in several consequences for your overall oral health, many of which you may not notice. For instance, the loss of your teeth roots can cause your jaw to lose bone density and grow weaker, increasing your chances of further tooth loss. Fortunately, if you replace lost tooth roots with dental implants, it can help to mitigate many of the consequences that can affect your long-term health and integrity of your smile. However, if your jawbone has already become weakened or if other oral health complications affect your smile, then you may not immediately qualify for dental implant placement.
The first step to qualifying for dental implants is for you to receive a comprehensive examination of your teeth, jawbone, and oral structures. The examination will help to gauge the strength and density of your jawbone to determine the likelihood of it successfully supporting one or more implant posts. If your jawbone has already lost too much mass to bone resorption, then it may require a jawbone graft to fortify it before your implant posts can be placed. Your gum tissue will also be fully examined. Periodontal disease can complicate the success of implants, so it may need to be managed prior to receiving an implant.
An implant is strategically placed to replace your lost tooth’s roots. If you have lost several teeth, you may opt for a prosthetic like a bridge or dentures to replace several teeth at once. There are some cases when just one or a few implants can support multiple teeth. Replacing roots with an implant provides vital stimulation to your jawbone. Without this stimulation, your body may stop sending crucial nutrients to the bone, which can result in a weakened, softer bone. An implant helps to keep the bone strong enough to support the rest of the teeth in your smile.
Dr. Carmona can help you determine if you qualify for an implant. To learn more or to schedule a consultation at Austin Prosthodontics, call 512-250-9444. We also proudly welcome patients from Cedar Park, Round Rock, Pflugerville, Leander, and all surrounding Texas communities.