Which teeth can be replaced by dental implants?
An increasing number of patients are considering dental implants to replace teeth lost to disease or injury, but some may have concerns that a dental implant may not be a good fit for the specific tooth that needs to be replaced.
In fact, an implant dentist can use a dental implant to replace any missing tooth, as long as there is enough bone at the implant site to support osseointegration. Additionally, dental implants can be used to replace a single missing tooth or to support a dental bridge or denture.
When the implant dentist assesses your case to determine if implants are an appropriate course of treatment, the structural integrity of the jaw will be a main area of focus. Dental implants are so stable and durable because the bone material can form a bond with the surface of the titanium implant.
However, bone loss often follows tooth loss and becomes more extensive over time. If patients delay dental implant placement, that jawbone atrophy can present an obstacle to their efforts to get dental implants. In such cases, the implant dentist may recommend a bone graft prior to implant placement so that the patient has adequate bone to support the implants.
Bone loss also occurs more quickly at the rear of the jaw, so patients who want to replace missing molars with dental implants may find themselves in need of bone grafts before proceeding with implant placement.
Gum disease can also affect the patient’s suitability for dental implants. If uncontrolled gum disease is present at the implant site, the patient must first be treated for that condition before receiving the dental implants.
In theory, any missing tooth can be replaced by a dental implant, but the patient should be a suitable candidate for dental implants before moving forward with this treatment. Schedule an evaluation with our implant dentist, Dr. Carlos Ibanez, to learn if dental implants will be successful in your case. Call Charlottesville Oral Surgery & Implant Center at 434-295-0911 for more information.