While dental implants are a natural looking way to replace missing teeth, they may not be the best tooth replacement option for everyone. Our Delta dentist explains who makes a good candidate for dental implants.
Dental implants are a natural looking and permanent tooth replacement option that you may be considering if you have missing teeth.
However, for some of our patients dental implants may not be the best choice. The patient must have a strong, healthy jawbone and gums in order to support dental implants.
If you have experienced bone loss due to a tooth abscess, or suffer from oral health problems such as gingivitis, dental implants may not be the best tooth replacement option in your case.
That said, bone grafting can help to strengthen the jawbone and make dental implants possible.
When bone grafting is required, the surgeon will take a section of bone from a different part of the body, or use a special bone grafting material, and graft it onto the jaw. This will help to strengthen the jaw bone and make dental implants possible.
Following the bone grafting procedure, the jaw may take several months to heal before the dental implant process can begin.
Other options such as a dental bridge or dentures, are available if dental implants aren't suitable for you. Speak to your dentist to discuss which tooth replacement option is right for you.