If you’ve experienced tooth loss, then you may have already heard about dental implants as an advanced way to replace them. The main difference between a dental implant restoration and a traditional one is the way in which each is supported. With an implant restoration, your replacement toot or teeth will include viable replacements for your teeth roots, as well. Today, we answer a few questions about getting dental implants, and what you might need to consider before you can receive them.

Can I get implants for multiple lost teeth?

A dental implant post is small and designed to replicate a healthy, natural tooth root, making it a more biocompatible option than more traditional tooth replacement options. For example, when a dental implant post is placed within your jawbone, it can be used to support a lifelike dental crown, creating a realistic root-and-crown replacement for the for a lost tooth. However, multiple dental implant posts can also be utilized to support a larger restoration, such as a dental bridge or denture, with equal realism. In fact, the more teeth you’ve lost, the more beneficial it can be to replace the roots that you’ve lost, as well.

What if my jawbone isn’t as strong as it was?

One of the consequences of losing one or more teeth roots involves losing the stimulation in your jawbone that they provided. With a traditional dental bridge or denture, this consequence remains unaddressed, as they don’t have a way to reestablish your lost tooth root. This makes dental implants particularly helpful in preserving your long-term oral health. Yet, if you’ve already experienced some loss of mass and density in your jawbone, then it might impact its ability to receive and support your dental implant posts. Your jawbone’s health and integrity might also be impacted by severe gum disease, which is a common cause of tooth loss due to the damage that it causes to your gums and jawbone structure.

Will gum disease affect my implant candidacy?

As the leading cause of tooth loss, gum disease is something that many patients have to deal with before receiving their dental implants. If the disease remains untreated, it can continue to cause damage, raising your risks of further tooth loss and compromising the support of your dental implant restoration. Fortunately, gum disease can be successfully controlled and managed with ongoing preventive care and maintenance at your dentist’s office. Once it is successfully under control, you can fully restore your smile by replacing the teeth you’ve lost with an appropriate number of dental implants.

Learn if you can get dental implants

After losing one or more multiple teeth, getting dental implants can be an important step in rebuilding and restoring your smile. To learn more, schedule a consultation by calling Silver Smiles in Silver City, NM, today at (575) 534-3699.