“Use it or lose it” holds true for a lot of things, including your jawbone.
The bone in your jaw is very sensitive to pressure from teeth. When tooth roots apply regular force against the bone, it triggers natural processes that reinforce the bone.
Take those teeth away, and your bone will only disintegrate in a process called resorption. Dental implants are a great way to restore your smile and act as substitute tooth roots. But the less bone there is, the harder it gets to anchor a dental implant.
In years past, an implant was simply not an option in the face of bone resorption.
It’s a different story today, however.
CT Scans And Virtual Planning
A two-dimensional panoramic x-ray may easily reveal that you don’t have a lot of bone to work with. But more detailed scans and advanced computer programs now give dentists and surgeons a better idea of what they can do for your smile.
By carefully assessing the available bone, your dentist may be able to calculate the best angle to place an implant for the most secure fit.
Classic bone grafting is almost always an option. You’d have many choices as to the material and source of the graft. The only downside is that grafting surgery adds more healing time to your treatment.
All-on-Four and other similar systems use multiple miniature implants to support a denture in places where it wouldn’t fit otherwise.
There’s usually no reason for a lack of bone to prevent you from getting dental implants. Schedule time to talk with your dentist or even a periodontist (gum specialist) about your implant possibilities.
Posted on behalf of:
Pure Dental Health
2285 Peachtree Rd #203
Atlanta, GA 30309
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