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Do I Have Enough Jawbone for Dental Implants?


Dental implant in a patients jaw by Chicago Periodontist at ImplantWide.Tooth loss is a serious issue that affects every aspect of your life. When you lose your teeth, basic tasks like eating and speaking become more challenging. Your smile suffers, which impacts your confidence. When you lose your teeth, the health of your jawbone is also affected. At ImplantWide, we provide dental implants to replace missing teeth. This treatment can address all of these issues. However, for implants to be placed successfully, you need to have enough bone mass in your jaw.

What are Dental Implants?


Dental implants are a modern solution for replacing missing teeth. This treatment uses small titanium posts to provide support for dental restorations. The posts are surgically implanted into your jawbone. As you heal, your bone fuses gradually to the posts, integrating them into your jaw in a natural process called osseointegration. The posts eventually become strong, stable replacement roots that are then able to provide stable support for your new teeth.

Tooth Loss and Bone Loss


When you lose your teeth, many things begin to happen. While many of the effects are obvious, something hidden begins to occur under your gums. When you lose teeth, your jawbone begins to lose bone mass. The teeth play an integral role in the health of your jaw. They provide stimulation for the bone, triggering the body and letting it know that your jaw needs nutrients. When you suffer tooth loss, your jaw receives less stimulation. When this happens, fewer nutrients are sent to your jaw. This causes your jawbone to lose bone mass, become weaker, and change shape.

The Importance of Sufficient Bone Mass


As you heal from dental implant surgery, your jawbone fuses to the posts, turning them into stable roots to provide support for your replacement teeth. However, for this process to occur properly, it is essential that your jaw has enough bone mass remaining when your implants are placed. Without enough bone mass, your jawbone will not be able to properly fuse to the posts. In some cases, your bone may not be able to fuse at all. Improper osseointegration can result in loose implant posts and unstable dental restorations, issues that can compromise your dental implants and even lead to implant failure.

What if I Do Not Have Enough Bone Mass?


Just because you do not have enough bone mass in your jaw during your initial implant consultation, that does not mean that you cannot get dental implants. If your jawbone is deemed to be too weak, a bone graft procedure can help. A bone graft is a surgical procedure that involves taking bone mass from one area of your body, or from a donor, and transplanting it to another area. In this case, the procedure involves transplanting bone mass to the weak areas of your jaw. As you heal from this procedure, your existing bone mass fuses to, or around, the donor bone material, restoring mass and strength to your jaw. With a bone graft, your jaw can better support dental implants, increasing the success of dental implant treatment.

If you are interested in learning more about dental implants, and finding out if dental implants are the right solution for you, call ImplantWide at (630) 394-9787 to schedule your consultation today.
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