Teeth Implants For Missing Teeth In Boulder
While most tooth loss occurs as one gets older, dental implants can be appropriate for the replacement of a missing tooth or teeth at any age. Dental implants are typically used in the following situations:
- Replacement of one or more missing teeth.
- Support of a non-removable “bridge” to replace multiple teeth.
- Support of a removable full or partial denture.
In fact, although there are some situations in which dental implants should not be used, even individuals with the following health concerns can be candidates for implant dentistry:
- Bone Loss. The loss of bone tissue is common for individuals with missing teeth or periodontal disease. However, if the loss is not too severe, dental implants can still successfully attach permanently to the remaining bone. In more extreme cases, bone grafting may be considered to provide enough support for the dental implant restoration.
- Existing Dental Work, such as dentures. Implant dentistry can replace removable bridges and can also be used to stabilize dentures, making them more comfortable.
- Existing Medical Conditions. Although chronic diseases like diabetes or high blood pressure may require extra precautions, if you can have routine dental treatment, you can generally have dental implants placed.
- Gum Disease. Even in cases where teeth have been lost to periodontal disease, implant dentistry has proven successful as a replacement.
- Smoking. Simply put, smoking lowers the success rate of implant dentistry. A consultation with Dr. West in the Boulder – Lafayette, Colorado area will determine whether a smoker might still be a viable candidate for dental implants.