If you’ve been told that you don’t have enough bone in your jaw to support a new dental implant, then you might think that’s the end of the road. But don’t go just yet…
The biggest qualifier for getting implants is having enough bone to set them into, so for a long time, not having sufficient bone automatically ruled them out.
But that’s not always the case anymore. There are a few ways to work around this problem thanks to modern approaches and implant designs.
The primary way of addressing bone loss is to create more of it. Bone grafting has helped many patients successfully qualify for implants and stabilize at-risk teeth. However, the procedure can add extra weeks to your total treatment time.
These are implants for the upper jaw designed to set into the cheekbone for support. That’s right – if there isn’t enough bone on the palate to hold implants, you can bypass that altogether and use your cheekbone as the anchor!
In some cases, a smaller and shallower implant is the best solution. Mini implants work the same way as regular ones, but they take up less space in the bone.
Virtual and Computer-Guided Surgery
Dentists these days are pioneering non-invasive techniques for making the most of what bone is available. Instead of just two-dimensional x-rays, there are now three-dimensional scans that give a more accurate representation of what’s inside of your mouth. Virtual surgeries and computer planning help dentists and specialists place implants at optimum angles for the most support.
Visit your local dentist to find out more about your implant options and how you can prevent bone loss.
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