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The Importance of Timely Dental Implants
Dr. Christopher C. “Chris” Babcock holds both an MD and a dental degree (DMD) from the University of Louisville. In his role as an oral and maxillofacial surgeon with Louisville Oral Surgery and Dental Implants, Christopher C. Babcock, MD, is tasked with providing a variety of procedures to patients, including dental implants.

Dental implants can provide individuals with a number of benefits. That being said, a person should discuss with their dentist regarding whether they need implants or not. For example, one or more missing teeth can sometimes be replaced by dentures or bridges.If these are not available, or do not seem like attractive options to the patient for multiple reasons, there are few other options that can be considered before finally turning to implants.

In regards to timing, patients should consult with their dentists about how and when to address a damaged or missing tooth. An abscessed tooth should ideally be removed as quickly as possible, and can evolve into an urgent medical condition if too much time passes. Complications associated with missing teeth over an extended period of time range from oral infections to a complete repositioning of the surrounding teeth and jaw. In fact, a person who goes 12 months without replacing a missing tooth is at risk for bone atrophy.

Individuals who have lost a tooth or feel they may need an infected or damaged tooth removed should thoroughly discuss all their options with a trusted dental professional.
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