3-D jaw model with dental implantsMissing teeth have a huge impact on your life. Fortunately, a number of tooth replacement options exist. And while dentures and bridges get the job done, dental implants are far more lifelike than these older prosthetics. Furthermore, they offer important health benefits. 

Thanks to advanced surgical options, dental implants are suitable for more patients than ever before. To find out if you are a candidate for dental implants, schedule an appointment at Texas Oral Surgery Specialists.  Dr. Chris Tye will evaluate your health and jawbone during a complete consultation. 

To learn more about dental implants or to book your appointment, contact us today.

Dental Implants: An Overview

Dental implants are tiny screws, made of titanium. Surgically inserted in the jawbone, they will uphold a dental prosthetic. Implants replace missing teeth roots. In fact, they perform the same regenerative function, helping to prevent jawbone recession and further tooth loss. Furthermore, they are extremely durable with a success rate of about 97%.

The Number of Teeth You Are Missing

If you are missing a large number of teeth, you may assume that you are not a candidate for this treatment. In fact, implants can replace your entire dental arch. All-on-4® is an innovative treatment in which Dr. Tye will use four smaller posts, set at a slight angle. In this way, he can provide a solid foundation for a full denture with minimal impact to your jawbone. 

So whether you are missing one tooth or all of them, implants can be an appropriate option.

Your Gum Health

Your oral health is of greater importance when it comes to implant candidacy. Gum disease affects nearly half of adults over the age of 30. The condition may impact your eligibility for treatment since it can cause your soft tissues to pull away from the posts. Nonetheless, you may still be able to receive implants if you receive appropriate periodontal care and are committed to maintaining good oral hygiene. 

Your Jawbone Health

Your jawbone health is one of the most important considerations when exploring your candidacy for treatment. The implant posts need enough bone tissue to act as a stable foundation. If you have been missing teeth for some time, you may not have sufficient jawbone structure. Fortunately, Dr. Tye performs advanced bone grafting surgery. During this treatment, he can fortify recessed areas and restore your candidacy for implants. 

Your Overall Health

To qualify for any type of elective surgery, you should have generally good health. Conditions that may preclude you from treatment include:

  • Uncontrolled diabetes
  • Previous radiation therapy to your neck or face
  • Leukemia
  • Smoking
  • Blood clotting disorders
  • Certain immune conditions

Contact Us to Learn More about Dental Implants

To find out if you are a candidate for implants, schedule a consultation with Dr. Tye today. He provides state-of-the-art implant surgery for patients in Colleyville, Grapevine, Southlake, and the greater Fort Worth area. 

Complete our online contact form or give us a call at (817) 552-3223.