The very best time to think about choosing dental implants is before you lose a tooth. Though it’s not always possible, the time that you spend planning your dental implant options with your periodontist may be the most important portion of the entire procedure.
During the planning phase, you can learn about the advantages of implant dentistry. More importantly, you’ll have the time to make an educated decision in regards to the dental implant solution that is most feasible for you. Implants can be configured in an endless variety of ways, from replacing just one missing tooth to replacing a full set of teeth.
One of the most critical keys to successfully replacing your teeth with implants is ensuring that the selected location is healthy enough to receive the implant in the first place. Before you have a tooth extracted, your periodontist can evaluate the proposed location to determine if the bone and gums are strong enough and healthy enough for long-term success.
When you express an interest in implants, the manner in which your tooth is extracted can also be influenced. A tooth extraction can be performed in such a way as to preserve the remaining gum tissue and supportive bone structure. By preserving the extraction site, your chances of needing a future bone graft or gum graft procedure can be reduced dramatically.
Similarly, if you express a desire to include dental implants in your future, a portion (or all) of the dental implant surgery can be completed at the time of the tooth extraction.
The simple act of prior planning and open communication can ensure that you receive the outcome that you desire, help you to avoid compromising on the quality of your dental care, reduce the number of dental visits that are required, and even reduce your financial expenses significantly.
In a perfect world, every natural tooth would be saved and restored to its original, glorious state. However, tooth loss is sometimes an unfortunate reality, though we can still restore your smile with modern implant dentistry. To learn more, contact our skilled and dedicated periodontist at Park Cities Periodontics and Implant Dentistry for an appointment today.