During the exam Dr. Lai will assess the foundation that will support an implant. This means checking to see if you have enough bone and if your gums are healthy and free of disease. This is important because an implant needs to be completely surrounded by bone when it is put in so it can heal and become solid for chewing later. If there is not quite enough bone there may be options for bone grafting to create enough bone to anchor the implant. In that case we will plan to use non-human non-animal sources to build up the bone.
It is also important that your mouth is healthy and there is no gum disease such as gingivitis or periodontitis. In these situations, the bacteria that causes disease around natural teeth can also cause disease and bone loss around an implant. Implants are a great replacement choice but like anything in the medical and dental world nothing is full proof. A healthy mouth increases the likelihood your implant will heal and last many years.
Conventional implants are made from titanium. At Family Holistic Dentistry we offer zirconia implants to give patients a metal-free option.
Without an implant or natural tooth your bone does not get the signal that it needs to be there and so disappears and gets thinner and smaller over time. We call this atrophy. How much of it disappears varies in each person but typically the longer there is no natural tooth or implant the less bone there is. Bone grafting and I-PRF and C-PRF often help with this but the more you have of your own bone the sooner you can have an implant and crown and the sooner you canstart chewing in that area again. This is why timely care is beneficial and an advantage over waiting to get treatment. Call for a consult and Dr. Pearl will assess your individual needs and discuss with you your choices for replacing those missing teeth.