The placement of a tooth implant to provide replacements for missing teeth is based on the condition of your gums and jawbone. With careful positioning, one implant can be used to support one or more crowns. Some techniques use only a few implants to support a full arch of teeth. As you make your decision about having dental implants, be sure to discuss these options with your implant dentist in detail.
Options in Dental Implants
The traditional approach to dental implants involves placing a single implant—which is actually an artificial root—to support each individual replacement tooth. However, in some cases, one implant can support more than one tooth, or a few implants can be used to secure a permanent denture. All these options provide permanent, stationary replacement teeth that give you all the advantages of a traditional implant.
Using one implant to support more than one replacement tooth is a technique often used when your jawbone doesn’t have sufficient mass to support multiple implants, or when the bone mass isn’t consistent across the jawbone. Your implant dentist might then place implants to take advantage of the places where your jawbone is strongest.
Deciding on Dental Implants
Before deciding upon dental implants, you should consult at length with an implant dentist. Some health issues might need to be addressed before your implant surgery can begin. These include:
- Gum disease- A periodontist can help manage any problems with the gums to allow for a successful implant procedure.
- Overall health issues- Some health issues mean your ability to heal might be compromised, and could mean you are not a good candidate for implants.
- Jawbone mass- If you don’t have sufficient bone in your jaw to support implants, bone grafts can help provide a good foundation for your implants.
If you are considering dental implants and would like to find out more about your options and whether or not you are a good candidate for implant surgery, please contact our experienced periodontal team at 214-443-0876 to schedule a consultation.