Although you’ve known about dental implants for years, you’re only just now starting to consider the option.
Is it too late for you to fill the gap in your smile with an implant?
How much time goes by between losing a tooth and getting an implant isn’t that important. There’s no time limit, no set figure. What does matter is the condition your mouth is in.
How Are Your Bone Levels?
Bone responds to the presence of tooth roots. If there is no tooth in an area, then the bone tissue has nothing to stimulate its rebuilding process. Over time, it shrinks and becomes too shallow to retain an implant.
Even if you have too little bone, implant therapy could still be an option. Smaller implants, bone grafting, and careful planning have made implants a success for many a patient with poor bone levels.
Is There A Tooth In The Way?
You might have a gap in your smile, but it’s possible that neighboring teeth have shifted forward or tipped out of line. This would block the space for an implant to fit into. To make room, you may need orthodontic treatment for a short period of time to open the space back up before you can have an implant placed there.
After Years With Dentures
If you’re just now considering implants after wearing dentures for some time, that’s okay. Your dentist can help you work with what you have to place implants that will anchor your denture for a secure bite.
Contact your dentist to schedule an evaluation and see if dental implants are right for you.
Posted on behalf of:
Paul Jang Dentistry
14711 Princeton Avenue, Ste. 12
Moorpark, CA 93021
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