The fact that you’ve experienced tooth loss is the main reason why you need dental implants. However, the specific details surrounding your tooth loss, such as the reason why you’ve lost teeth and whether it’s the first time you’ve experienced it, can have an impact on your candidacy for dental implants and their chances of successfully restoring your smile. Today, we examine a few of the reasons for needing dental implants, and why these specific needs can impact your overall dental implant treatment plan.
If it’s because of gum disease
Gum disease, or periodontal disease, is the most frequent reason for adults to experience tooth loss. The way in which the disease erodes the gum tissues and bone structure of your dental ridge are a significant reason why. This damage grows continuously worse the longer gum disease progresses, and at a certain point, it can leave one or more of your teeth without an adequate level of support. If you’ve lost teeth because of gum disease, then the disease will have to be properly treated and managed to ensure that it doesn’t cause your dental implants and restoration to fail.
If it’s due to accidental trauma
Though it isn’t as common as gum disease, tooth loss due to accidental trauma can also be a significant factor in your smile restoration plan. The level of trauma that occurred and the extent that the damage may have also impacted other areas of your oral structures (such as your jawbone) can mean you need additional treatment to restore these structures before you replace your lost teeth. You may also need to repair one or more teeth that were damaged due to the trauma, or oral surgery to correct any significant damage done to your jawbone or other oral structures.
If it isn’t the first tooth you’ve lost
Sometimes, tooth loss is a recurring condition. Even if you’ve already dealt with the loss of one or more teeth previously, the impacts of the loss can make it more likely that you lose more, even after receiving a conventional dental bridge or denture. If your most recent tooth loss isn’t the first tooth you’ve lost, then the cause may be related to a weakening of your jawbone structure due to the loss of teeth roots. If the condition is severe enough, you may require jawbone grafting to strengthen your smile’s foundation before it’s ready to receive an appropriate number of dental implant posts.
Learn more about dental implants
The reason why you’ve lost one or more teeth and need dental implants to replace them can be important to designing the most appropriate smile restoration plan. To learn more, schedule a consultation by calling the Dental Centre of Conroe in Conroe, TX, today at (936) 441-4600.