If you are missing teeth, you are probably already aware that dental implants are the best method of replacement. It can help to talk to people who have undergone the dental implant procedure to learn what to expect, but even knowing several people who have had dental implants placed in the past doesn’t necessarily mean your experience will be the same. There are several factors that can make one dental implant case more complex than the next, including health of the bone, location of the missing teeth, and others. Keep reading to learn just what your treatment might entail.
Factors Affecting Implant Complexity
In order to be a successful candidate for dental implants, you should be in solid oral and overall health. Patients who smoke, have had severe periodontal disease, or who are dealing with diseases that affect the immune system are at a high risk of dental implant failure and may be better suited by a non-implant retained option.
Beyond these considerations, some of the most common factors affecting the complexity of dental implant placement include:
- How healthy or dense the bone is. You may need to have a preparatory procedure performed beforehand (more on that below).
- How many teeth are missing? The amount of tooth loss that has occurred will affect the complexity of the case.
- The location of the missing teeth. Because aesthetic considerations are of significant concern for teeth in the front of the smile, these cases are often more complex than molars or premolars.
For people who have been missing teeth for a longer period of time or those who have suffered bone loss due to periodontal disease, there may not be sufficient or healthy bone for the dental implants to properly anchor. In these cases, a bone graft can help to increase the chances of dental implant success. A bone graft is a procedure that adds healthy bone structure to an area where it has been lost, strengthening the foundation for sturdy, long-lasting dental implants to take hold.
A ridge augmentation is another type of procedure that may need to be performed after a tooth has been pulled. This treatment allows your dentist to preserve the contoured shape of the gum at the site of the missing tooth.
For dental implants that are to replace molars in the upper jaw, a sinus lift may be beneficial. This procedure creates more space in this typically tight area, increasing the chances of dental implant success.
These procedures may add time and expense to the overall implant process, but they are worth it for the numerous benefits of dental implants.
How to Find Out about Your Implant Case
Now you have a better idea about the things that could make your dental implant case more complex than your friend or neighbor’s, but the only way to know for sure just what to expect is to schedule a consultation with your dental implant dentist in New Orleans. During this appointment, we will evaluate your oral and overall health and help you understand just what to expect with dental implants. If you are an eligible candidate, we will look forward to getting started promptly!
About Canatella Dental
Dr. Todd Canatella and Dr. Rachel Neumeyer offer comprehensive dental care from the comfort of their state-of-the-art New Orleans dental practice. To learn more about dental implants or to schedule an appointment, please do not hesitate to contact the office at (504) 282-0700.