Implant dentistry is an ideal option for tooth replacement but not everyone qualifies for it. This is primarily because of a lack of bone density in the jaw bone. The actual implant is a small titanium post that is inserted below the gumline and secured to the jaw. For it to remain securely in place, the bone must be dense enough for the implant to hold securely. Unfortunately, this can be challenging because of resorption.
What is resorption?
This is a process where the body begins to absorb bone. It may sound strange but alveolar ridge resorption is incredibly common after tooth loss. The body believes that since the tooth is gone, the bone is no longer required to support it. Since the body is incredibly efficient, it begins eliminating bone that is not being used sufficiently. As a result, the jaw bone becomes less dense.
Why does this matter?
Resorption is problematic for a variety of reasons, including a person's appearance. It can be responsible for older people gaining a sunken appearance or their facial structure changing with age. It is not something that will happen to everyone. In other words, it is not inevitable with aging. Instead, this problem is more common in people who lose their teeth and do not replace them.
Additionally, resorption can make the remaining teeth less stable.
Finally, it matters because, without enough density, a tooth cannot be replaced with implant dentistry.
What is the solution?
First, it is important for anyone who has lost a tooth to visit our office and discuss implant dentistry right away. Replacing the missing tooth immediately reduces the amount of resorption that will take place, limiting it significantly. This is by far the best option.
If time has passed and resorption has already begun to occur, it may still be possible for a person to get dental implants. However, without sufficient jaw bone density, a procedure may need to be completed prior to placing dental implants. For this, synthetic bone may be added to the jaw. This procedure serves to augment the existing bone and strengthen it. The body should respond by depositing additional bone so that the jaw will become dense enough to have an implant placed. In some cases, a mini dental implant is also an option since it is wider but not as long.
Even though it takes time to complete the bone grafting procedure and it can take a few months to recover from it, the procedure is totally worth it. Once done, this will make it possible to replace teeth permanently with a secure and durable option that looks entirely natural. The level of confidence and enjoyment patients get from implants are truly remarkable.
Implant dentistry can improve a patient's appearance and oral health
This is such an effective way to replace missing teeth that we recommend everyone consider implant dentistry. To learn more about this option and to find out if it would be the best way to replace your missing teeth, call our office and schedule a consultation today.
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