Tooth loss has a dramatic effect on a person’s oral health. One of the biggest surprises, however, is that it often leads to bone loss. Losing teeth can make the face look sunken or aged, but bone loss can cause problems with dental implants. Among all tooth replacement options, dental implants are the most natural. Tooth implants also allow the jaw to function in a natural way, including proper chewing strength. The main benefit of tooth implants offers support to the surrounding jaw.
Depending on how long it has been since your tooth came out, you may be worried about being a good candidate for implants. Don’t be discouraged because several procedures can make implants a possibility even with bone loss. Weston Dental Office discusses the four main methods in detail below.
If you have ever experienced tooth pain during a cold or sinus infection, it is most likely due to your tooth nerves. The sinuses are connected to your teeth with your upper jaw being shorter than your lower jaw. Often, this lack of space means that there is not always room for dental implants. One way to work around this issue is by adding bone to your upper jaw. Before doing this procedure the sinuses will need to be moved up in order to make space for the new bone. The procedure only takes a few hours, but it will be several months before implants can be installed.
The most common procedure when dealing with oral bone loss is performing a bone graft. The dentist will take some bone tissue granules and add to the parts in your jaw that are deficient. You can use your own bone from other parts of your body, but generally, the granules are donated from another source. This graft will help fill the space in addition to triggering bone growth in your own body. It takes about an hour to complete this procedure and four to six months for the bone to grow in before an implant can be used.
Bone loss in the mouth can happen where your bone is not wide or not tall enough. Most bone grafts address vertical deficiencies. For bone deficiencies that are horizontal, a ridge expansion is needed. This will ensure that your jaw is wide enough to accommodate the dental implant while also provided much-needed support to the other teeth.
How We Can Help
Losing bone density in your jaw can add complexity to your oral healthcare plan, but it doesn’t have to prevent a beautiful smile. With the methods above and a suitable implant, you will have a smile that will shine as bright as your personality. For more information on our Dental Implant treatment and how we can help, give Weston Dental Office a call at 416-247-1928 today.