Bone density and periodontal disease are the two main factors that affect whether or not you can get dental implants. If you have bone loss, your jawbone may not be strong enough to support traditional implants. However, there are alternative implant treatment options available that may be suitable for you.
One option is zygomatic implants, which are placed in the cheekbone rather than the jawbone. This can be a good option for people who have significant bone loss. Another option is mini implants, which are smaller than traditional implants and may be an option for people with less bone loss.
Why Does Bone Loss Affect Dental Implants?
To understand why bone loss affects your ability to get dental implants, it’s important to understand how dental implants work. Dental implants are different from dental bridges and dentures because they attach directly to the jaw bone. The dental implants are anchored with a screw inserted into the bone. The false tooth or teeth cover the screw and look and feel just like natural teeth.
It’s also helpful to understand how bone loss works, especially in the bones surrounding the teeth. When teeth are missing, the jawbone begins to weaken. The regular pressure and force from the tooth is no longer there, and the bone begins to deteriorate. This process is accelerated by gum disease, which is a common problem in people with missing teeth. Gum disease causes the gums to pull away from the teeth, which can lead to bone loss.
How Can I Prevent Bone Loss?
The best way to prevent bone loss is to keep your natural teeth healthy. This means brushing and flossing regularly and seeing your dentist for regular checkups and cleanings. If you do lose a tooth, it’s important to replace it as soon as possible to prevent jawbone loss. Dental implants are the best option for tooth replacement because they look and feel just like natural teeth and they help to prevent bone loss.
Zygomatic Dental Implants
If you have significant bone loss, you may not be a candidate for traditional dental implants. However, there is an alternative implant option available called zygomatic dental implants. Zygomatic implants are placed in the cheekbone rather than the jawbone. This can be a good option for people who have significant bone loss.
Zygomatic bone implants have a number of advantages. First, they don’t require as much bone to be healthy and successful. Second, they can be placed in a single surgery, which can save time and money. Third, they can provide support for a full arch of teeth.
Mini Dental Implants
Mini dental implants are another implant option that may be suitable for people with less bone loss. Mini implants are smaller than traditional implants and may be an option for people with less bone loss.
Mini dental benefits:
- Less expensive than traditional implants
- Can be placed in a single office visit
- Do not require a lengthy healing period
- Can be used to support dentures or bridges
If you are considering dental implants, talk to your dentist about your implant options. There are many implant options available, and your dentist can help you choose the best option for you.
Bone Grafts and Dental Implants
If you have bone loss, a bone graft can help to restore the jawbone and make dental implants possible. A bone graft is a more complex process but can be highly effective for restoring the health of the teeth and jawbones. In addition to making dental implants possible, a bone graft can also help to strengthen the jawbone and restore face shape, chewing and speaking comfort, and help to prevent further damage.
bone grafting procedures :
- Autogenous bone graft: This is the most common type of bone graft. It involves taking bone from another area of your body, such as your hip, and implanting it into the jawbone.
- Allogeneic bone graft: This type of bone graft uses donor bone from another person. The donor’s bone is usually taken from a cadaver.
- Xenograft bone graft: This type of bone graft uses the animal bone to implant into the jawbone. The most common type of animal bone used for xenografts is from a cow
Dental Implants at Omni Dental of Arlington Heights
If you are missing teeth, dental implants can help to restore your smile. At Omni Dental of Arlington Heights, we offer a variety of implant options to meet your needs. We also offer bone grafting procedures to help make dental implants possible. Schedule an appointment today to learn more about dental implants and how they can help you achieve a healthy, beautiful smile.