People with bone loss can now benefit from dental implants: here’s how

Dental ImplantDental implants are an excellent solution to tooth loss. However, for a long time they have been denied to people who have already suffered a loss of bone density. Luckily, this is no longer necessarily the case, and increasing numbers of dental practices are able to provide implant treatment to patients with a low bone density.

The jaw bone starts to resorb or shrink when the natural tooth roots are missing for any considerable period of time. This happens because the stimulation provided to the bone by the tooth roots is essential to keeping it healthy and strong. Once this shrinkage begins, it can cause your dentures to come loose, as well as changing the whole structure of your face.

It’s true that dental implants need a good level of bone tissue to support them, but there are options available to those who have already lost bone density. Dental Implants Bromley in Kent offers both bone grafts and sinus lifts, designed to rebuild the jaw bone prior to implant placement.

A bone graft uses either bone from elsewhere in the patient’s own jaw, from the bone bank, or from animal or synthetic sources, whilst a sinus lift involves lifting and packing the sinus cavity with bone graft material. Once this has healed, dental implants will be placed, and a few months later a permanent denture, bridge, or crown will be attached on top.

The majority of bone graft and sinus lift procedures take place in the dentist’s chair, and will be performed by a skilled oral surgeon. Such treatment is often offered under conscious sedation, which helps anxious and nervous patients to relax.

When your dental implants have been placed and restored with new teeth, they will continuously stimulate the rebuilt jaw bone when you bite and chew food. This will help to ensure that the issues of bone loss that your bone graft/sinus lift has remedied won’t happen again, enabling you to enjoy a fully functional set of new teeth for life.

Practising good oral hygiene is key to keeping your implants and new teeth healthy, strong, and free from any problems.