Dentists usually recommend dental Implants when one or more teeth are lost due to either injury, cavities or diseases. The implant is inserted into a cut the oral surgeon makes in the jawbone. Once the bone grows around the implant, it functions as the new base for a prosthetic crown that will replace the missing…
Are Dental Implants Possible After Bone Loss?
If you are looking to replace missing teeth with something more permanent than dentures, dental implants are an excellent option. Still, some of our patients worry that they will not be able to receive implants because they have lost too much bone density. To find out whether you qualify, we encourage you to call our Milwaukee office at (414) 253-3241 and schedule an examination. In the meantime, it helps to understand more about the process.
How We Place Dental Implants
Implants are the most durable and functional way to replace missing teeth because patients get more than a new tooth. Patients also get a new root system. The process works by implanting a small titanium post under the gums and securing it to the jawbone. Through the process of osseointegration, the post and bone fuse together. The body essentially deposits bone around the post until it is secure. This is unique to titanium since the body treats it as natural matter. While it takes time for this process to finish, we will attach the new tooth to an implant that will provide the same level of security and durability the natural teeth receive from roots.
Implants After Bone Loss
Upon first losing permanent adult teeth, the patient is going to experience resorption. Every part of the body has a special role to play and there are various signals that alert the brain each part of the body is in working order. In the case of the jaw, the stimulation provided by the teeth signifies that the jaw is doing its job of supporting them. Without a tooth or teeth, the stimulation goes away and the body responds by leaching calcium out of the jawbone for use elsewhere in the body. As a result, the patient will lose some bone density. In fact, within the first year, the patient can lose around 25 percent of his or her bone density in that specific area. The best way to avoid this is to replace the tooth right away.
If a patient already struggles with the loss of bone density, then the patient may be unable to receive a traditional dental implant without further assistance. There are certain procedures we can perform that can help restore the jawbone. If that is not an ideal solution, mini-dental implants are also available. These implants are also strong and durable, but they are shorter and are more flexible in regards to the density levels required for stability.
Many of our patients consider options like this, as well as a hybrid procedure, where a set of teeth is created and attached to a gum-like base that is then secured in the mouth using several dental implants. Instead of replacing each individual tooth, this solution only requires a few implants for stability. Given the diversity of the options we offer, it is certainly possible to replace your teeth using some form of dental implants, even if you have suffered from resorption.
To find out which solutions will work best for your particular situation, call our office and schedule a consultation. Eastside Dental can examine you, take X-rays, discuss your goals, and make recommendations that will best suit your lifestyle.
If you have an upcoming dental implant consultation, you should be prepared to ask many questions. Below we will review some of the frequently asked questions about dental implants so that you can be prepared.A dental implant is a little post manufactured using titanium that replaces the root of the tooth. The post, also called…
Dental Implants are small artificial titanium posts that act as substitutes for the root area of a lost tooth. Titanium is usually used because it is compatible with the human body. Dental implants are inserted into the bone or the upper or lower jaw and help to hold tooth replacements such as dental crowns, bridges,…
Dental Implants are little, screw-shaped post that is inserted into the jawbone to be an anchor for a dental crown. Implants are made from titanium and are designed to effortlessly fuse with your jawbone for a reliable and natural teeth restoration. When the bone has adequately grown around the implant, a dental crown will be…