You may have heard of the many benefits of dental implants: stability, durability, aesthetics, and even improved jawbone health. So if you are missing teeth, you are likely wondering whether implants are a viable option. Fortunately, implants are suitable for a wide range of patients. An oral surgeon in Fort Worth can assess your oral and physical health, looking especially at your jawbone structure, to determine your candidacy for treatment.
When you are considering dental implants, you obviously want top quality care. Dr. Chris Tye of Texas Oral Surgery Specialists is proud to be an area leader in dental implant surgery. With dual degrees in medicine and dentistry, as well as accolades from both patients and fellow professionals, he is a top choice for implant surgery.
Contact a respected oral surgeon in Fort Worth to find out if implants are right for you.
How many teeth are you missing?
Implants can replace one tooth, multiple teeth, or even all of your teeth. A single implant can support a crown. One or more implants can uphold a dental bridge. And innovative All-on-4® can support a complete denture. Your oral surgeon in Fort Worth will place four tiny implant posts. Positioning them at a slight angle provides a firm foundation for your denture with reduced impact to your jaw.
Is your jawbone healthy?
When you lose a tooth, your jawbone quickly starts to recede. In fact, this is one of the benefits of dental implants: they can prevent bone recession and additional tooth loss. But if you have been missing teeth for some time, you may not have enough tissue to support implant posts. Fortunately, in many cases, Dr. Tye can replace lost tissue during a bone grafting procedure. Once the new tissue has integrated with your jawbone, he can perform implant surgery.
Do you have gum disease?
Because they function just like natural teeth, dental implants are also susceptible to gum disease. Inflammation can develop around the implant posts, causing bleeding and pain. Eventually, the gum tissue can recede from the posts, leading to implant failure.
If you already have gum disease, this does not automatically disqualify you from receiving dental implants. However, you should receive proper periodontal care before undergoing surgery. It is also vital that you maintain meticulous dental hygiene to control your gum disease and protect your dental implants.
How is your overall health?
Certain health conditions may affect your candidacy for implant surgery. For instance, some studies suggest that patients with diabetes are 77.7% more likely to experience implant failure than non-diabetic patients. However, experts point out that this only applies to patients with uncontrolled diabetes. Those with stable blood sugar levels do not have a higher risk of complications.
Autoimmune diseases, cancer, blood clotting issues, and bruxism can also affect your candidacy. Your oral surgeon in Fort Worth will work with your health care team to determine your eligibility and to provide comprehensive care.
Schedule a Consultation with an Oral Surgeon in Fort Worth Today
To learn more about implants and to find out if you are a candidate for treatment, contact Texas Oral Surgery Specialists today.
Reach us online or call 817-552-3223. We treat patients in Colleyville, Bedford, Southlake, Grapevine, and the greater Fort Worth area.