When it comes to replacing missing teeth, patients and dentists agree that there’s no better option than dental implants! This unique tooth loss solution is the only option that replaces every part of a missing tooth, including the roots that anchor it into the jawbone. Once in place, a dental implant will look, feel, and function just like a natural tooth. Practically any patient who is missing one or more teeth is a good candidate for this treatment. However, there are a few issues that could potentially keep you from rebuilding your smile. If you’re interested in getting dental implants in Los Angeles, read on to learn more about some of the most common problems that you’ll need to look out for.
Periodontal (Gum) Disease
The most common cause of tooth loss in the United States is periodontal therapy. This infection in the gum tissue attacks the jawbone and connective tissues that help hold the teeth in place. If you have periodontal disease, or its early stage gingivitis, your dental implant may not be able to successfully integrate with your jawbone. In fact, the leading reason dental implants fail is due to a condition called peri-implantitis, which functions just like periodontal disease.
If your dentist discovers any warning signs of gingivitis or periodontal disease, they’ll likely recommend periodontal therapy to help you become a good candidate for dental implants. Once your gums are healthy and strong, you should be able to start your journey towards a complete smile!
Low Jawbone Density
Once a tooth goes missing, the jawbone that was once stimulated by its roots begins to deteriorate. Dental implants are the only option that replaces the missing root structure and actively works to keep the jawbone strong and healthy. However, in order to place the dental implant, the jawbone needs to have a certain level of density. If there isn’t enough jawbone tissue to integrate with, the placement surgery may not be successful, or the dental implant may not fuse with the jaw.
Fortunately, there are advanced dental implant procedures that can help you overcome low jawbone density. A bone graft or a sinus lift utilizes bone tissue from another part of your body or a donor to encourage new tissue growth in the weakened areas of your jaw. After several months of healing, you should have enough jawbone density to support dental implants!
Do you smoke or chew tobacco? Are you somewhat lax about your at-home oral hygiene? While it’s not impossible to get dental implants if you have these unhealthy habits, it may not be a wise idea. Poor oral hygiene and tobacco use will dramatically increase your risk of dental implant failure. If you’re serious about replacing your missing teeth for life with dental implants, it’s time to kick these bad habits.
Do you have any issues that could prevent you from getting dental implants? The only way to know for sure is to see your Los Angeles implant dentist for a consultation! Give them a call today to see if dental implants are right for you.
About the Practice
Dr. Adam Geach provides high-quality, long-lasting dental care to the smiles of Los Angeles, Laguna Niguel, and the surrounding communities. As a certified prosthodontist, he’s taken many years of advanced training in procedures like dental implants and is proud to perform every step of the treatment personally.
If you’re interested in discovering if dental implants are right for you, he encourages you to schedule a consultation. He can be reached online or at (213) 810-3368.