Posted on 11/1/2017 by Dr. Franco
|When it comes to determining whether or not you are a viable candidate for dental implants, there are many things that we have to look at. One of the most important things is your bone density. Without a proper density, you could find yourself with more damage in the long run than you had started out with. Here at BiteLock, Dr. Pedro Franco can help you to find out whether or not implants are the solution for you. If they are not, we can also help you to find an alternative solution that can also restore your smile to its former glory.
What is a Dental Implant?
A dental implant is a commonly used restorative tool that allows us to fill in gaps where teeth are missing or were extracted in an earlier procedure. This is a small titanium post that is surgically inserted into your upper or lower jaw, where it heals and fuses with your jawbone. This allows us to put some different prosthetics in place depending on your individual needs and can get you back on your feet as soon as possible. These act as the root of false teeth, allowing for a wider versatility than any other prosthetic.
Why Does Jaw Density Matter?
When you have a missing tooth for a long while, the bone in the area begins to atrophy or break down. When that happens, the area loses strength and does so rapidly. This also happens when patients where traditional dentures for an extended period. When this happens to the bone, it grows much weaker. If we tried to put an implant into a weak bone, it simply would not take hold. It could further damage the area, and it would ultimately likely be rejected by your jaw. However, there are ways around this if you find that your jaw is too thin, and it is a relatively simple procedure called a bone graft. The only problem is that it adds a significant amount of time onto your overall procedure.
How Do I Know if I Have Enough Jaw Bone?
The only way to know for sure if you have enough jaw bone is to come in. Our expert staff has years of experience, and we can analyze your jaw. We will physically examine it by touching, looking, and measure the jaw and the jaw arch. We can also use x-rays (along with other scans if necessary) to determine the density of your bone. We can then decide if it is sufficient, and if so, can proceed with the surgery.
If you are wondering if an implant is a right solution for you, call Dr. Pedro Franco today and find out if you are a good candidate. Regardless of whether or not you qualify, you are sure to leave with a plan about how we can work alongside you to fill in that gap and restore your health and happiness. Your comfort and satisfaction are our number one priorities. Set up an appointment today.
PEDRO F. FRANCO, DDS
HOWARD B. PRICE, DDS
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