Not every patient will qualify for dental implants at first, but many may become eligible after the right supplemental procedure. For example, a patient who lacks the jawbone to reliably hold a dental implant may undergo a bone grafting procedure to gain the bone mass they need.
A lack of bone density in the jawbone can disqualify a patient from dental implant surgery, and for good reason – a thin jawbone won’t be able to sustain the fixture which holds the entire implant in place. Fortunately, a bone grafting procedure solves that problem by taking bone tissue from another source and applying it to the jawbone. This thickens up the patient’s jaw, giving them sufficient bone to support a dental implant.
Gum disease can degrade your oral health making dental implant surgery too risky. The first level of treatment for gum disease involves scaling and root planing, a procedure in which the dentist cleans down to the roots of your teeth. If this isn’t successful, other treatments such as a gingivectomy or osseous surgery may help heal your gums and prepare them for dental implant surgery.
If you have teeth which are damaged, it could jeopardize the success of the dental implant surgery. In such a case, it may be necessary to extract certain teeth to optimize the chances of a successful dental implant procedure. Pulling teeth is not a decision Dr. Troutman makes lightly, so all details will be explained during your consultation.
If you’re missing teeth, it’s important to understand that dental implants can completely change your life. To find out if they’re right for you, the first step is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Troutman. Ask him any questions you have and he’ll devise a comprehensive treatment plan designed to give you the smile you deserve. Contact us today to get started!
Dr. Kenneth Troutman
202 E 17th St.
Monday: 8:30AM – 5PM
Tuesday: 7AM – 8PM
Wednesday: 9AM – 6PM
Thursday: 7AM – 8PM
Friday: 8AM – 4PM