Dental implants are the most successful and reliable solution to replace one or more missing teeth. In fact, they have over a 95% success rate to last for several decades with the right aftercare. Their longevity relies on your jaw’s ability to properly fuse to the implant post. As a result, your bone density and dental implant success go hand-in-hand. If you’ve lost density in your jawbone, don’t worry, you can still replace your missing teeth with dental implants after healing from a simple procedure.
Can Missing Teeth Cause Bone Loss?
Every tooth in your mouth is essential for keeping your jawbone strong and healthy. When even one tooth is lost, you slowly lose density in your jaw because the root isn’t stimulating your bone. Although you don’t feel it happening, you can lose as much as 25% of your jaw’s width within the first year of losing a tooth.
As you lose more bone, any remaining teeth won’t have the support they need to stay in place. They will shift out of alignment and they may even fall out. You’ll also notice a change to your appearance as your facial tissues lose support, leading to a sunken or aged appearance.
Why is Bone Density Important for Dental Implants?
A dental implant replicates the entire structure of your tooth, including the root. A titanium post is placed into your jawbone to serve as a new root. This stimulates your jaw to encourage new bone growth. Through a process called osseointegration, your jawbone will fuse to the post, allowing it to potentially remain in place forever with the right aftercare. Your restoration will also have a stable foundation, so you’ll never need to worry about any slipping or irritation.
Unfortunately, if you’ve experienced bone loss, your jaw won’t be able to support the post. This will lead to implant failure if the issue isn’t corrected before placing your implant post.
Can I Get Dental Implants with Low Bone Density?
During your initial consultation for dental implants, your dentist takes a CT scan of your mouth to evaluate your bone density. If they find you don’t have enough bone to support the post, they’ll recommend you undergo an additional procedure before having your placement surgery.
Bone grafting will enhance the thickness of your jaw, making you a suitable candidate for dental implants. Although it adds an extra step to your treatment plan, it’s essential to create the strong foundation your new smile needs to thrive.
Replace Your Missing Teeth Today
If you’ve experienced bone loss, there’s no need to worry. You can rebuild your smile with dental implants with bone grafting.
About Comprehensive Dental
Comprehensive Dental strives to provide comfortable dental care to our patients. We embrace the latest advancements in dentistry and elite technology to provide exceptional services, even for complex issues like tooth loss. If you’re interested in dental implants, we can fill the empty spaces. Contact our office today to schedule your consultation.