Dental implants, which are biocompatible posts that your dentist can use to replace your lost teeth roots, are often the best way to deal with tooth loss. The implant post replaces your root and its vital functions, and supports a lifelike prosthesis to replace the visible part of your lost tooth. As such, an implant-supported restoration does more to preserve and protect your smile than any other conventional dental prosthesis. Most patients who’ve lost one or more teeth qualify for implant placement, and your dentist will help you determine if you’re a good candidate for dental implants, too.
What if I’ve lost multiple teeth?
The good news about dental implants is that they can be combined with any type and size of prosthesis, such as a dental crown, bridge, or full denture. This makes them viable for patients who’ve lost a single tooth, several teeth, or all of their teeth.
What if I have gum disease?
Gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss, and treating it is essential to qualifying for dental implants. Dental implants are especially susceptible because gum disease erodes the gums and jawbone structure that supports your teeth roots and dental implant posts.
What if my jawbone is too weak?
If you’ve already lost jawbone structure to gum disease or to the prolonged absence of one or more teeth roots, then it may be too weak to accept your implant posts. If so, then your dentist may suggest bone grafting with a specialist to beef up your jawbone and make it strong enough to support your dental implants.
Find Out if You Qualify for Dental Implants
Dental implants are the ideal choice for many patients who’ve lost teeth. To find out if you qualify, your dentist will perform a thorough dental examination and consult with you about your ultimate goals for your smile. To schedule your consultation, call Lathrop Dental Center in Katy, TX at 832-437-3849. We proudly welcome patients and families from Katy, Fulshear, Weston Lakes, Simonton, Richmond, Rosenberg, Brookshire, Wallis, Orchard, Cypress, Sealy, Columbus, and all surrounding communities.