A dental implant is a small, prosthetic post that can be inserted into your jawbone. After you’ve lost a tooth, it’s the only way to restore the support and stimulation that the tooth’s root was once responsible for. Because of this unique ability, dental implants are often the preferable option for patients in Southlake, TX, who need to replace one or more lost teeth. While most patients with missing teeth can make excellent candidates for dental implants, your dentist will first perform a thorough examination to ensure that you are ready to receive them.
The State of Your Dental Health
Dental implant posts are made from biocompatible titanium, which means once they’ve been placed, your jawbone fuses to them permanently. Therefore, many of the conditions that could affect the rest of your smile can also affect your dental implants and restoration. For example, if you have gum disease or a misaligned jawbone, then you may need personalized treatment to correct the issue before you can qualify for dental implant placement. By ensuring your optimal oral health beforehand, your dentist can more effectively ensure the success of your dental implant placement.
Your Specific Case of Tooth Loss
People can lose teeth in various ways and to various degrees. Whether you’re missing one tooth, several teeth, or all of the teeth on your upper and/or lower dental ridges, then the appropriate prosthesis (i.e., bridge or denture) will be designed accordingly. Fortunately, dental implants are placed individually, which means your dentist can utilize as many as necessary to support your custom-designed replacement teeth. That means most people can enjoy the benefits of dental implants regardless of how many teeth they may have already lost.
Learn if You’re a Good Candidate for Implants
If you’ve lost one or more teeth, then find out if you’re a good candidate for replacing them with dental implants. To learn more, schedule a consultation by calling Gregory Wright, DDS in Southlake, TX today at (817) 481-7999. We also proudly serve patients who live in Grapevine, Keller, Trophy Club, Colleyville, and all surrounding communities.