If you are among the 120 million adults in America who are missing at least one tooth, you have heard about the benefits of dental implants in River Oaks. As the most successful option to replace missing teeth, you are ready to make an investment in your oral health by choosing the preferred dental prosthetic. While you are excited to start the process, your dentist has informed you that your case is a bit complex. As a result, you will need additional procedures prior to the placement of your implant posts. Do not worry. This is not an unusual situation. There are several reasons why your treatment may require extra care.
Why Is My Dental Implant Case Complex?
Dental implants offer over a 95% 10-year success rate; however, there are several factors that can influence their longevity. To ensure that they last for as long as possible, you must have adequate oral health and enough bone density to support the posts. If you do not, that does not mean that you are not a candidate for the procedure. Instead, it means that your case is a little more complex and there will be additional steps in your treatment plan.
Decreased Bone Density
For your jawbone to properly fuse to the implant posts after they have been surgically placed, you must have enough bone density to support them. Unfortunately, if you have had tooth loss for several years, your jawbone’s density has likely been compromised.
To enhance the width of your jawbone to support the posts, you will need bone grafting. This is a surgical procedure that takes bone from another area of your body or from a donor patient to apply it to the areas of weakened bone in your jaw. As your body heals, new bone will grow, allowing you to become a candidate for dental implants.
The biggest threat to the long-term success of dental implants involves infection. As a result, you cannot have gum disease to have the implant posts placed. If you currently have the infection, you will need to undergo periodontal therapy to restore the health of your gum tissue. Once your oral health has been reestablished, the posts can be placed. To ensure that the infection does not reoccur, you will need to be proactive about your oral hygiene habits at home and visit your dentist in River Oaks regularly.
Complete Your Smile Today
If your dentist has recommended additional procedures prior to the placement of your implants posts, do not be alarmed. They are vital to ensure the long-term success of your new smile. With the right foundation, your dental implants can last for a lifetime.
About Dr. John H. Krell
Dr. John H. Krell is supported by extensive training and qualifications in an array of specialty services, including dental implants. He has the experience necessary to handle even the most complex cases. If you are ready to complete your smile, he has the customized treatment plan you need. Contact our office today to schedule your consultation.