Dental implants can be a natural looking way to replace missing teeth, but dental implants just aren't suitable for everyone. Here's more from our Langley dentist about who might be good candidate for dental implants.
For our patients who have missing teeth, dental implants are a natural looking, permanent tooth replacement option worth considering.
However, dental implants may not be the right choice for some of our patients. In order to support dental implants, the patient must have a strong healthy jawbone and gums.
If you suffer from oral health problems such as gingivitis, or bone loss due to a tooth abscess, dental implants may not be the right tooth replacement option for you.
In some cases it is possible for patients to have a bone graft done to strengthen the jawbone and make dental implants possible.
If the patient decides to proceed with dental implants and bone grafting is required, the surgeon will take a section of bone from a different part of the body, or use a special bone grafting material, and graft it onto the jaw.
It may take several months for the bone graft to completely heal, but once healed the dentist will be able to begin the dental implant process.