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FAQs: Who Qualifies For Dental Implants?

Posted by Lone Star Dental Care Apr 25, 2017

Have you lost one or more of your teeth? If so, you understand how embarrassing tooth loss can be. However, you may not realize yet how this could impact your smile. Complications of tooth loss include misalignment, difficulty eating, and even an aged appearance due to facial collapse. Fortunately, we can address tooth loss with a strong and long lasting replacement option. Do you qualify for dental implants?

Frequent-Asked Questions About Dental Implant Candidacy

Question: What does placing an implant involve?

Answer: Unlike other tooth replacement options, which require crowns or natural suction, we will need to surgically insert a biocompatible titanium post into the jawbone. The post then bonds with the jaw, acting as a new tooth root. After healing, we add the restoration, which completes the new tooth.

Question: Will my jawbone strength be a factor?

Answer: Yes. We will need to make sure you have enough jawbone tissue to support the new tooth. Otherwise, you may need a bone grafting before we can proceed.

Question: What if I have periodontitis?

Answer: Gum disease can pose a serious risk for dental implants. Periodontitis, the advanced stage of the disease, actually attacks the connective tissue between the teeth and gums, leading to tooth loss. This can also lead to implant failure. We need to offer treatment to manage your disease and prevent the onset of periodontitis before we can move forward with tooth replacement.

Question: What benefits do implants offer?

Answer: They look natural and can potentially last a lifetime. In addition, the implant portion is recognized as a natural root, which stimulates jawbone growth and prevents facial collapse, which often occurs following tooth loss and can make a person appear significantly older. If you have any questions about implant dentistry or if you would like to schedule a consultation, then contact our office today. We want to help you enjoy a healthy and whole smile!

Do You Have Missing Teeth?

We can discuss options to replace your lost teeth and restore the health and function of your smile. Contact us at our local Frisco, TX office at 972-335-7100.

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