Dental implants promise the restoration of teeth with performance that nears that of natural teeth. And when it comes to replacing natural teeth, there’s no better solution. However, not everyone waits until they lose all of their teeth before they decide to get dental implants. What if that describes you? Should you still get implants if you have teeth left? Find out what factors you and your dentist will need to weigh before making the decision.
Reaching a Consensus
Don’t worry. You won’t have to make a decision right away and you’ll be armed with plenty of new information before you do. Consultations will be a big part of the dental implant journey early on. Your oral surgeon and staff will take 3D scans of your mouth to examine the health of your teeth, gums and the jawbone underneath. If your remaining teeth are failing or will fail soon, your oral surgeon will likely advocate for pulling the teeth.
Reasons to Left Go
Here are some of the top reasons your oral surgeon may strongly advise you to have teeth pulled ahead of getting dental implants:
Tooth decay – if your teeth are failing due to gum disease or another infection, it’s only a matter of time before the tooth come out on their own
Loose teeth – even if the tooth looks healthy, a loose teeth is only its way out
Bone loss – they may not feel loose to you. But if the jawbone underneath is eroding, the tooth doesn’t have long left
What If You Really Want to Keep Them?
If the remaining teeth in your mouth are strong and healthy, your oral surgeon can work out a plan to implant replacement teeth around the natural teeth. For example, your oral surgeon may use a series of dental bridges or partial dentures to place replacement teeth around your remaining healthy teeth.
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