Do I Have Enough Bone for Dental Implants?
Tooth loss is a serious issue that affects your entire life. Losing teeth makes simple tasks, such as eating and speaking, significantly more difficult. Your smile suffers, which also causes your confidence to drop as well. Losing teeth also impacts the health of your jawbone. At ROOT™ Periodontal and Implant Center, we offer dental implants as a solution for replacing missing teeth. However, for them to be placed, you need to have sufficient bone mass.
Dental Implants for Tooth Loss
Dental implants are a unique treatment for replacing missing teeth that involve the use of small titanium posts to provide support for dental restorations. The posts are surgically implanted into your jawbone. The bone then gradually fuses to the posts as you heal, a natural process called osseointegration. This process stabilizes the posts in your jaw so that they are completely secure and immovable. This allows them to hold your new teeth in place, preventing them from moving around or slipping out of place. Your new teeth are sturdy and strong, and function just like your real teeth.
What Happens to the Jaw After You Lose Teeth?
Your teeth play many important roles in your mouth. One of these roles that often goes overlooked is the importance of your teeth on the health of your jawbone. Every time you chew, the roots of your teeth provide stimulation. This stimulation tells the body that the jaw needs nutrients. When you lose even one tooth, the amount of stimulation your jawbone receives is reduced. As a result, fewer nutrients are sent. The bone begins to lose mass and weaken. It also begins to change shape, which can cause healthy teeth to begin shifting out of alignment as well as cause changes to your facial shape that can lead you to look much older than you are.
Why Your Bone Mass is Important
With dental implants, the posts are surgically placed right into your jawbone. As you heal, the bone fuses to the posts. For the bone to fuse properly, and provide your implants with the stability they need, there needs to be enough bone mass remaining in the jaw. Without enough bone mass, your jawbone cannot fuse properly, or even at all. Placing implant posts in bone that is too weak can result in loose posts that cannot properly support your new teeth. The entire restoration may even fail.
What if My Bone is Too Weak?
If you have been told that your jawbone is too weak to support implants, this does not mean that you are ineligible for treatment. There are options that make implant placement possible. One common treatment to achieve this goal is with a bone graft. A bone graft is a surgical procedure that involves taking bone mass from another area of your body, or from a donor, and transplanting to the weak areas of your jaw. The procedure restores strength and shape to your jawbone, enabling it to effectively support implant posts and your new teeth. If you are missing an entire arch of teeth, you may be eligible for treatment without a bone graft with a treatment known as All on 4 Implant Treatment.
Dental implants provide a revolutionary treatment for replacing your missing teeth. To find out if this treatment is right for you, call ROOT™ Periodontal and Implant Center at Carrollton: (972) 662-8660 or Flower Mound: (469) 444-1515 to schedule your appointment today.