How to benefit from dental implants if you have experienced bone loss
It’s unfortunate that in this day and age some dentists still refuse patients for dental implant treatment because they have a low bone density. There are now a number of additional treatment options available, enabling those who currently lack enough bone density to support dental implants to enjoy all of the benefits they bring, either by using special longer implants or by performing additional procedures to rebuild the density of the jaw bone prior to implant surgery.
The Centre for Aesthetic Periodontics and Implantology in Kent offers bone graft procedures and sinus lifts, which have helped scores of patients enjoy the benefits of dental implants when previously they could have been denied treatment.
A bone graft involves rebuilding the lower jaw bone, while a sinus lift is used in the upper jaw and involves packing the sinus cavity with bone graft material. The majority of both procedures are carried out in the dental chair, and enable dental implants to be placed after healing. Any underlying health conditions such as gum disease need to be treated first, to ensure the success of the implant procedure.
One way to avoid experiencing bone loss in the first place is to have dental implants placed as soon as possible after tooth loss. In some cases it is possible to place implants at the same time as failing teeth are extracted, meaning that you won’t have to wait so long for your new, healthy smile.
Traditional dentures do nothing to address the problem of bone loss, because they only replace the crowns of the teeth. The jaw bone starts to resorb when the tooth roots are missing for any length of time, which can change the whole appearance of your face as well as making your dentures loose.
Implants are bionic tooth roots that are made from titanium, a material that actively encourages bone growth. They take, on average, three-six months to fully integrate with the bone, providing an anchor for crowns, a bridge, or dentures that is similar to that of natural tooth roots.
It is often possible for your dentist to fit temporary teeth during healing, so you won’t be left toothless.