If your tooth has suffered a trauma or become so infected that it cannot be saved you might consider having a dental implant. The time to discuss the possibility with your dentist is before your natural tooth is extracted, because once the tooth is gone the bone structure that supported it will begin to shrink. When the bone no longer has a reason to function it starts to deteriorate and will continue to do so as time passes, so the longer you wait to have an implant installed the more difficult it may be.
If you postpone receiving an implant not only do you risk bone deterioration but the teeth surrounding the extraction point may start to shift out of place. If you lose significant bone mass your dentist may have to do some grafting in order to prepare for an implant, meaning added procedures and more expense for you.
Your dentist can do an evaluation well before your natural tooth is extracted. He will begin by taking a complete physical and dental history which will include an account of any prescription or over the counter medications that you are taking. Periodontal disease, diabetes or osteoporosis may affect a successful outcome.
Next your dentist will assess the strength of your jawbone and its ability to withstand an implant. If he finds that it is has been sufficiently weakened he will explain the possible options. Once the evaluation is complete your dentist will discuss the course of action he recommends and you will be ready to get started.
The popularity of the dental implant as a restorative resolution has surged, largely due to the high success rate among recipients. In order to ensure a favorable outcome it is important that you follow up with post operative appointments so that your dentist can monitor the status of your new implant.
Spokane Valley Dentistry helps patients to explore the possibilities for tooth replacement, including the option of dental implants. Call the office @ 509-926-6261 to arrange a consultation with Dr. Conway.