Tooth loss can have several consequences for your overall oral health, many of which are not obvious. For instance, the loss of your teeth roots can cause your jawbone to shrink and grow weaker, increasing your chances of further tooth loss. The good news is that replacing lost teeth with dental implants can help mitigate most of these consequences to improve the long-term health and integrity of your smile. However, if you already exhibit a weakened jawbone or other oral health complications, then you may not immediately qualify for dental implant placement.
Preparing the Groundwork
The first step to qualifying for dental implants is for your dentist to perform a comprehensive examination of your teeth, jawbone, and oral structures. Among other things, the examination will help your dentist gauge the strength and density of your jawbone, and the likelihood of it successfully supporting one or more implant posts. If your jawbone has lost too much mass, then you might require a jawbone graft to strengthen it before your implant posts can be placed.
Ensuring the Success of Your Implants
Even with a strong jawbone, the presence of oral health conditions like gum disease can complicate the success of your implants after they’ve been placed. If you’ve lost teeth to gum disease, or if your examination reveals its presence, then your dentist may suggest periodontal treatment and maintenance to control the disease and prevent it from eroding your gums and jawbone.
Learn if You Qualify for Dental Implants
Recovering from tooth loss is best achieved with the help of one or more dental implants. To find out if you qualify for implants, schedule a consultation by calling Lake Forest Dental Arts in Lake Forest, IL, at 847-234-0517. We also proudly serve residents of West Forest Lake, Kennedy, Lake Bluff, Skokie, Junction, and all surrounding communities.