Single Dental Implant Candidates
By Frank Avason, DMD on June 06, 2018
When tooth loss occurs, it is important to replace the tooth with a strong dental restoration. Dental restorations restore oral function and prevent adjacent teeth from shifting or collapsing. The most beneficial treatment for tooth loss is dental implants.
Dental implants replace the crown and root of a tooth to provide the most natural replacement for missing teeth. They preserve oral structure by continually stimulating the tissues in the jawbone.
Many people mistakenly assume that dental implants are only appropriate for cases of severe tooth loss. In fact, a dental implant is often suitable even if just a single tooth has been lost. Here, Dr. Frank Avason III discusses who is an ideal single dental implant candidate. Contact our Denver, NC dental practice to schedule your consultation.
Minimal Tooth Loss
Patients that have a single dental implant placed will have one missing tooth, or two missing consecutive. A single dental implant can be topped with a crown to replace one tooth, or a bridge to replace two teeth.
Ample Jawbone Density
Dental implants offer a number of benefits that make this the tooth loss treatment of choice for many of our patients. However, prior to undergoing dental implant treatment, it is important to determine if the patient is a good candidate for the procedure.
Jawbone density is one of the most important factors in regards to the ultimate success of dental implant treatment. After an implant is placed in the jawbone, it fuses with the natural jawbone tissues. This process, known as osseointegration, cannot take place if the jawbone is not dense enough to support the dental implant.
If tooth loss is addressed right away, this should not be a problem. However, the longer a tooth socket is left empty, the more likely it is that the jawbone beneath the site will begin to degenerate.
If patients lack ample jawbone density and are still interested in dental implant treatment, they should discuss the possibility of a bone graft with Dr. Avason. A bone graft can build up the jawbone so that it is strong enough to support a dental implant.
For dental implant treatment to be a success, the gums and surrounding teeth must also be healthy. Any oral health complications, such as gum disease or tooth decay, can interfere with dental implants and prevent the surrounding tissues from healing properly.
Fortunately, poor oral health does not necessarily disqualify a patient from dental implant treatment for good. In many cases, after periodontal or restorative dental care to address oral health problems, a patient can be considered an ideal dental implant candidate.
Good Overall Health
Systemic health also plays a large role in determining if a patient is an ideal candidate for single dental implant treatment. Many autoimmune disorders and other diseases, such as diabetes, can slow the healing process and interfere with the osseointegration process. Dr. Avason never wants a patient to undergo dental implant surgery only to have the treatment fail.
He will carefully discuss patients’ health history and their current state of health to determine if they are ideal candidates for dental implant treatment. If diseases or disorders are successfully treated and managed, dental implant treatment may still be an option. However, if a patient is not an ideal candidate for dental implant treatment, Dr. Avason will discuss alternative treatment options, such as a dental bridge.
The best way to determine dental implant candidacy is to set up a personalized consultation with Dr. Frank Avason III. If you are interested in learning more about dental implant treatment, contact us at your earliest convenience.
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