Over the last several decades, ever since they’ve become an accepted part of clinical dental treatment, dental implants have become the preferred method for replacing lost and extracted teeth. The small, titanium posts do what other restorations can’t – they replace the roots of your lost teeth, once embedded in your jawbone.
One of the most significant benefits of dental implants is the unmatched stability of anchoring your dental crown, partial, or complete denture with a prosthetic root. However, to qualify for dental implants, your jawbone must be strong enough to support the inserted post(s) and your mouth must be free of dental infection and gum disease.
Your Initial Implant Consultation
So how do you know if you qualify? The first step is to attend a consultation, during which your dentist will thoroughly examine your teeth and gums, and use digital X-rays to determine the health and strength of your jawbone. If a dental issue is present, or if your jawbone has lost density due to gum disease, then you might still qualify for dental implant placement after one or more prerequisite procedures.
Preparing for Implant Placement
A clean mouth and strong jawbone are essential for your dental implants to succeed. Otherwise, periodontal disease can destroy the gums and jawbone surrounding and supporting the surgically-inserted implant posts. Or, a weak jawbone might not adequately support the post, which can grow lose, shift out of alignment, or damage the surrounding tissues and bone structure.
To ensure the success of your replacement teeth, you may need to undergo periodontal therapy to control gum disease and prevent damage to your oral structures. Or, you may require a bone graft procedure to strengthen your upper and/or lower jawbone.