“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
Lots of people are told that they aren’t candidates for dental implants, but they really don’t know why. It almost seems like it’s luck of the draw, until they find an implant dentist that explains it’s not that they aren’t a candidate – it’s that other types of preoperative therapies may be needed to support the success of the treatment. To be specific – they may need bone grafting or even a sinus lift to create a healthy, secure base for the placement of a dental implant root.
What is bone grafting?
Bone grafting is a procedure that uses a piece of donor bone that is placed in an area where there is not enough healthy bone structure to support an implant. This grafting process also encourages new bone growth in the jaw around it. Once full bone growth has occurred, the dental implant can be placed. Bone may be used from the patient’s own body, animal, synthetic, or donor.
What is a sinus lift?
Let’s say you need to replace an upper tooth with an implant, but the previous tooth has been missing so long that the sinus cavity has dropped into the area, eliminating necessary space for an implant root. If the implant was placed through the sinus wall, infection would occur. A sinus lift is when the floor of the sinus is raised back into the appropriate position, so that the implant root can safely be installed.
If another dentist has told you that you’re not a candidate for dental implants, you should get a second opinion. It might not be that you aren’t a candidate – it might be that the dentist doesn’t offer the supportive services that you need for the implant to be placed.
Posted on behalf of Randy Muccioli
If you have missing teeth and have been considering dental implants, your dentist may have told you that you need a bone graft before the implant can be placed. Bone grafting is a surgical procedure to replace missing bone needed for dental implants. Dental implants are placed in the bone of your upper or lower jaw and need to have a sufficient amount of bone or bone density in order for the dental implant to stay firmly in place.
Bone loss can be caused by several different factors. If your tooth has been missing for some time or if you have had an infection in you jaw, the bone may have degenerated. Gum disease or trauma to the jaw bone are other common causes of bone loss.
There are several possible sources of bone to be used in the procedure. The best results are usually obtained when the bone can be harvested from another area of the patient’s body such as the chin or back of the jawbone. Alternatively, your oral surgeon may use synthetic, cadaver, or animal bone.
You will probably be referred to an oral surgeon for the bone grafting procedure. Some oral surgeons also offer dental implants so you may be able to have the bone graft and dental implant done at the same office.
Once the bone graft is performed, it will take anywhere from six to twelve months for the bone to fuse properly with your existing bone and form a suitable area for the tooth implant. This all may sound like a lot of trouble, but tooth implants are an excellent, long term tooth replacement solution that make bone grafts worth the effort.
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