How to Know if You’re a Candidate for Dental Implants

You might not be too excited to have lost one or more teeth, but the good news is that many of the concerns surrounding it can be effectively addressed with dental implants. Innovative implant posts are designed to replace lost teeth roots, and as such, they can support any size dental prosthesis with highly lifelike results. Today, we examine how you can tell if you’re a good candidate for dental implants, and how you can make sure that your implanted restoration lasts as long as possible.

What was the cause of your tooth loss?

There are many different causes of tooth loss, and in many cases, that cause can determine your treatment plan when replacing your lost teeth. For instance, the most common cause of tooth loss is gum disease, and even after losing teeth, the disease can continue to run rampant among your gums and jawbone.

Do you still have gum disease?

If gum disease was the cause of your tooth loss, then your dentist will ensure that your disease is successfully brought under control with appropriate treatment before recommending implant placement. Controlling gum disease will help ensure that it doesn’t affect the structures that support your implant posts once they’ve been placed.

Do you already wear a bridge or denture?

Even if you’ve worn a bridge or denture for a while, you can still be a good candidate for dental implants. However, you may have lost some jawbone structure, depending on how long ago you lost teeth. To ensure that your jawbone can adequately support your dental implants, your dentist might suggest jawbone grafting to strengthen it first.

Find Out if You Qualify for Dental Implants

If you need to rebuild your smile following tooth loss, then find out if you qualify for highly lifelike dental implants. To learn more, schedule an appointment by calling 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.