Do past dental experiences impact future treatment options such as dental implants? Although not all of them do, there are some types of treatments that may change the way your dental implant therapy is completed. Some of the most common examples include:
Braces and orthodontic therapy move your teeth and alter bone structures. Placing an implant into the bone will depend on the anatomy in the area surrounding the implant site. For instance – do other tooth roots or spacing issues prevent adequate bone support?
Premature Tooth Loss
Losing a tooth at the wrong time can alter the biting patterns across the entire mouth. It can also lead to bone resorption in the area where the tooth fell out. A bone graft may be necessary to improve support in the area.
Bone grafting can be used to improve bone mass in implant sites or to manage loss that is caused by periodontal disease. In some therapies, it is necessary to leave the bone graft site alone for several months before additional treatment is performed in the area. This promotes new bone formation and ensures healthy jaw anatomy. Bone grafting can also be performed simultaneously with dental implant placement. Your dentist may or may not feel that bone grafting is necessary.
Implants can be placed in the site of extracted teeth, but it’s best to plan ahead. For instance, the implant might be placed immediately following the extraction or a few months after. The health of the extraction site will have a huge impact on this, especially if the tooth was extracted due to gum disease. Your dentist may recommend additional tooth extractions to make the treatment more comprehensive.
Fixed Dental Bridges
Bridges replace missing teeth and are usually anchored by natural teeth. If you are placing an implant in the area of the missing tooth, your dentist will also consider the impact that removing the bridge will have on adjacent teeth. These teeth may then need to have crowns placed over them to prevent them from being sensitive or wearing down.
How do you feel about going to the dentist? Dental implant treatments are very common, but still very complex. If you feel nervous about going to the dentist, it might be best to ask about sedation or laughing gas to help you relax throughout the entire procedure. This not only keeps you comfortable, it also allows your dentist to work more efficiently and possibly reduce the number of appointments that you need.
A history of gum disease may impact whether or not you are a candidate for implants, especially if there are areas that still have chronic infection. Irreversible bone loss or gum recession may need to be addressed prior to implant placement.
If your smile is in a healthy and stable state, then chances are your dentist can offer permanent tooth replacement with dental implants.
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