It's Been Years Since My Extraction. Can I Still Get Dental Implants?

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Losing a tooth can be a daunting experience, leaving you with a gap that affects both your oral health and self-confidence. However, with advancements in dental technology, there is a solution to this problem: dental implants. But what if it's been years since your extraction? Can you still get dental implants? At Sunshine Dental in Corona, CA, Dr. Bhavik Bhakta understands the concerns surrounding missing teeth and offers effective solutions for dental restoration. 

What are the long-term consequences of missing teeth? 

Missing teeth can lead to many problems that extend beyond aesthetic concerns. When a tooth is lost, the underlying bone in the jaw begins to deteriorate due to lack of stimulation. This can cause a shift in the alignment of neighboring teeth, leading to bite problems and potential jaw issues. Moreover, the absence of teeth can make it difficult to speak clearly and chew properly, impacting overall oral function. 

Are dental implants still an option years after extraction? 

Fortunately, dental implants can provide a long-lasting and reliable solution for missing teeth, even years after tooth extraction. Unlike other dental restorations, implants are designed to mimic the natural structure of a tooth. A post is surgically placed into the jawbone to mimic a tooth root, in which a custom-made tooth crown, full-arch dentures, or a dental bridge, designed to blend in with your surrounding teeth, can be attached. Dental implants can not only restore your smile but also preserve the integrity of your jawbone, preventing further bone loss. 

Can I still be a candidate for dental implants? 

While the time since tooth extraction is a factor to consider, it does not necessarily disqualify you from receiving dental implants. Modern techniques and advancements in dental implantology have made it possible for many individuals who have been missing teeth for years to successfully receive dental implants. At Sunshine Dental, our experienced team of dental professionals will conduct a thorough examination to evaluate your oral health and determine your candidacy for dental implant treatment. In addition to this exam, our Corona, CA dentist will take a number of other factors into consideration, such as:  

  • Condition of your jawbone 
  • Overall oral health 
  • Any pre-existing medical conditions 
  • Your age 
  • If you use tobacco products 

What is the process of getting dental implants years after extraction? 

The process of getting dental implants after years following extraction is similar to getting implants right after extraction. The process involves several different stages. First, a comprehensive examination of your oral health, including x-rays and scans, will be conducted to assess the condition of your jawbone and determine if it can support dental implants. If necessary, additional procedures such as bone grafting may be recommended to enhance bone density. 

Once you are deemed a suitable candidate, dental implant surgery will be performed. During this procedure, the titanium implant posts will be surgically placed into the jawbone. After the surgery, a healing period of several months is usually required to allow the implants to fuse with the bone in a process called osseointegration, after which we can complete your restoration with crowns or dentures. 

Throughout the entire process, the team at Sunshine Dental will ensure your comfort and provide you with detailed instructions for post-operative care. Regular check-ups will also be scheduled to monitor the progress of your dental implants and address any concerns you may have. 

Smile confidently again with dental implants from Sunshine Dental 

If you've been living with missing teeth for years, there is still hope for restoring your smile and oral health. Dental implants offer a long-lasting and reliable solution, even after years since extraction. At Sunshine Dental in Corona, CA, Dr. Bhavik Bhakta and our experienced team are dedicated to providing personalized care and guiding you through the process of dental implant treatment. Don't let the years since your extraction hold you back from enjoying a confident smile and improved oral functionality. Take the first step today by contacting Sunshine Dental to schedule a consultation. Reclaim your smile and regain your self-confidence with the transformative power of dental implants.

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