Have you recently lost a tooth? If so, you may still be struggling emotionally with the loss. It can be frightening and embarrassing to be an adult with an incomplete smile. Fortunately, as you probably already know, there are ways a dentist can help complete your smile. Dentures are certainly one of the most common forms of smile completion, but they are hardly the only option of dental prosthetic. In fact, dental implants are often the more ideal way to complete a smile after tooth loss!
Is a Dental Implant the Ideal Treatment for Your Smile?
To determine if a dental implant is right for your smile, there are several important considerations to discuss with your prosthetic or restorative dentist. How quickly you want to complete your smile, how much you can afford to spend on treatment, and what you want your smile to look and feel like after receiving your prosthetic, can all help the dentist determine what will best fit your needs.
However, there is one more important factor before deciding if an implant is ideal for you, and that is, “What caused your tooth loss?”
While this might seem insignificant, the cause of your tooth loss could help determine if dental implants will be a viable option for you.
If the tooth was lost to trauma or decay, for instance, implants could be ideal. However, if gum disease was the cause of your tooth loss, it is a serious health concern that will first need to be addressed, before implants could even be considered.
That is because an implant requires healthy soft tissue, like gums, to stabilize the prosthetic post, which anchors the replacement tooth (often a porcelain crown). Without healthy gums, the dentist or oral surgeon will not be able to safely or effectively place the post that makes dental implants so unique and long-lasting.