Time for Dental Implants
There are many reasons why you may not have time to get a dental implant, but the truth is, not getting a dental implant may cost you more time and money in the future. Patients who have recently lost a tooth or had teeth extracted should schedule a dental implant appointment with Dr. Sasan Khodabakhshas soon as possible. If not, they may lose bone density, creating the need for a bone graft later on.View transcript
"I don't have time in my schedule to get a dental implant." This is something I hear all the time. "I lost my job. I have three kids at home," or, "I don't have dental insurance." There are many excuses for why you would say that, and some of them, even though they're legitimate excuses, the fact of the matter is you can't afford not to get a dental implant. So if you just had your extraction done, if you had to have a tooth removed in the last two or three months and have bone graft done, you'll be an ideal candidate to have a dental implant placed. If you wait any longer, what happens in a lot of cases, that bone starts to get resorbed and go away. If you get too busy with life and you wait one, two, three and up to 10 years, and then you want to decide you want to get dental implant, you may not have enough bone to have an implant placed in that site that you had that tooth removed. And I get this comment all the time as well, "But doctor, I had a bone graft done. Why don't I have enough bone?" When there is no root and no force placed on that tooth and then there's a missing space, that bone starts to go away because there's no force placed upon it to keep it in place. So bone in a way acts like a muscle. If you don't use it, you lose it. Now, I don't want you to be discouraged if you have waited for a long time. In some cases, you still will have enough bone. What I do recommend is come in for a free consultation. We take a 3D CT scan of your jaw and see how much bone is available, and we'll give you options as far as what we can do for you as far as dental implants go.