Have you considered dental implants but have been told you may not have enough bone to support them? Bone loss in the jaws is common for different reasons, including periodontal disease or missing teeth. It can also make it difficult for patients to undergo implant surgery. But don’t worry; there are still options available. Although traditional implant placement may not be feasible without enough bone density, bone augmentation procedures come into play, helping build up the required density for successful implant placement.
This blog post will discuss bone loss and its impact on dental implants. We’ll also provide some essential factors to consider before making a decision.
Insufficient bone density can make the placement of dental implants challenging, as implants placed in areas with inadequate bone may be unstable and unable to integrate correctly. This instability can lead to implant failure or other complications. However, thanks to advances in technology, patients with severe bone loss may still be eligible for implant placement with the help of advanced procedures. These procedures can rebuild lost bone tissue and increase bone density, improving the success rates of implant placement.
When traditional dental implants are not an option, alternative methods are available to help restore a patient’s smile. It’s best to work closely with your dental professional to determine the best course of treatment for your specific situation, considering factors such as cost and maintenance requirements.
The following are some of the best techniques dental professionals use:
These smaller implants require less bone density and can be used to support dentures or as standalone teeth replacements. The procedure for mini implants is also less invasive than traditional implants, resulting in shorter recovery times. Your dentist or oral surgeon can help determine if mini implants are suitable based on your specific situation. With mini implants, patients with reduced bone density can have a solution for their missing teeth.
The Hybridge dental implant procedure is a cost-effective approach to full arch restorations that avoids the need for multiple root canals, crowns, or dental bridges. Hybridge implants are highly durable artificial teeth that resemble natural teeth. The Hybridge process involves implanting these teeth on titanium implants, which can replace up to 12 teeth per jaw in one operation. Unlike other dental implant procedures requiring replacement every five to seven years, Hybridge Implants can last indefinitely.
This common bone augmentation technique provides additional support for dental implants and can help restore your smile. During the procedure, bone material is added to the upper jaw, making placing implants securely possible. The sinus lift procedure usually takes about an hour to complete under local anesthesia, and recovery time varies from person to person. Consult your dental professional to determine if a sinus lift is right for you and whether it can help improve your quality of life.
Ridge expansion procedures are suitable for patients with narrow or thin jawbones or those who have experienced bone loss due to tooth extraction or gum disease. It involves creating a space between the gum tissue and bone, then inserting bone graft material to promote new bone growth. The procedure provides adequate support for dental implants, improves the jawline’s appearance, and provides better support for dentures. However, as with any surgical procedure, it’s essential to consult with a qualified dental professional to determine if ridge expansion is best for you based on your unique situation and needs.
Before choosing an option for dental implants with limited bone mass, you should consider several factors to ensure a successful outcome. Note that the amount and location of bone loss are critical factors that impact the long-term success of dental implants. A consultation with a qualified dental professional is always the way to go.
A dental professional will evaluate your dental situation and recommend a treatment option and post-operative (healing) procedures, considering your oral hygiene, medical history, and overall health. This evaluation thoroughly examines your teeth, gums, and jawbone. You can also discuss both cost and long-term maintenance.
Don’t let bone loss stop you from restoring your smile! Book a consultation with our experts, Dr. Bret Dyer and Dr. Nguyen, at Ford Bend Periodontics and Implantology to explore your options today. To learn more about our services, please contact us online or call us at (281) 980-2344.