If I have experienced jaw bone loss, can I still get dental implants?

 

dental-implant-Custom-300x169Unfortunately, the loss of jaw bone material is a consequence of tooth loss, yet patients who want to get dental implants to replace missing teeth need to have adequate bone material to achieve successful long-term outcomes with this intervention. Patients who delay getting implants and experience significant bone loss as a result may need to undergo a preliminary surgical procedure to insert supplemental bone at the implant site before the device is inserted into the jaw.

Implants have their durability and stability because the surrounding bone forms a permanent bond with these titanium cylinders. However, when the patient has insufficient bone at the implant site, that bond is not as strong, and the implant may possibly fail.

A bone graft can help patients overcome such deficits. With this procedure, bone is taken from elsewhere in the body, such as the chin or the hip, or some other donor source like a cadaver or artificial materials, and placed at the implant site.

Prior to developing the treatment plan for your dental implants, your oral surgeon will thoroughly evaluate your case and let you know if a bone graft is recommended.

After the patient has healed fully from the graft, the oral surgeon can then proceed with dental implant placement. While the need for a bone graft does extend the treatment timeline for dental implants, patients who have this procedure will improve their chances of long-term success with their implants.

Additionally, after the implants are placed, they will anchor the jaw bone and prevent further atrophy. This is one of the many benefits that dental implant patients gain due to the implant’s root-like structure that helps to preserve much of the functionality and structure of the missing biological tooth.

Patients who have experienced jaw bone loss after tooth loss may benefit from getting a bone graft before getting dental implants. Talk to a member of our knowledgeable staff to learn more about this process and whether it is necessary in your case. Contact Austin Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery today to schedule your informative consultation.