I’ve not taken my dental care very seriously. This is due to adverse feelings about the dentist. I know that is no excuse. Because of my neglect, I’ve lost about five teeth. I haven’t had money to do anything about it, but now I do. Is it too late for me to get dental implants?
In order to be a good candidate for dental implants, you mostly need good general health. Other than that, there are two things which will require you to take some extra steps, but only if you have these particular issues.
Gum Disease and Dental Implants
You didn’t say whether or not your teeth fell out due to decay or gum disease. If it is the latter, you’ll have to get that dealt with before proceeding with dental implants. Without that, you’ll find that there is no way for the implants to be retained. The gum disease eats away at the bone support, which is why your teeth fell out to begin with. The same thing will happen to your implants. Your dentist can help you get your gums healthy again. From there you can proceed to the next step.
Your dental anxiety is probably kicking in about now. If you didn’t like going in to see the dentist to begin with, why would you want to go for extra appointments? Here’s the good news. There is a solution to dental anxiety, which can change your life. I’d like you to see a sedation dentist. It’s not a specialty, as much as it is a dentist who offers sedation options. Taking this simple step, can turn your dental care from a nightmare to a dream.
Bone Loss and Dental Implants
As I mentioned earlier, gum disease can eat away your bone. This all depends on how far advanced your periodontal disease was allowed to progress. Another reason you could be dealing with bone loss is the length of time you’ve been without those five teeth. Once teeth are removed, your body begins resorbing the minerals from the bone that once held the roots of the teeth. It does that in order to be as efficient as possible with your body’s resources.
In order to get dental implants, you’ll need to replace that missing bone structure. You can do that with an outpatient procedure known as bone grafting. Once you have enough bone density, you can proceed with your plan for dental implants.
Dental Care and COVID-19
Obviously, we’re living through a unique period of time. Some governors have closed dental offices completely. Others have left them open for time sensitive dental procedures only. If you have advanced gum disease, treatment would be considered essential. The rest will likely have to wait until after the quarantine is over and this virus has been brought under greater control.
This blog is brought to you by Huntsville Dentist Dr. Steve Murphree