|Dental Implant FAQ
Getting a dental implant is considered an effective way to restore a tooth that has been removed due to an injury or a medical condition. However, patients with insufficient bone density are often concerned about bone loss and dental implants.
Do Dental Implants Work?
The most common and effective way to replace lost or damaged teeth is with dental implants. Dental implants must function successfully with pre-existing body parts, notably the jawbone and gum tissue, much like body parts do in other surgical treatments. This becomes a problem when a patient no longer has the necessary physical support to guarantee dental implants are properly assimilated because of a considerable loss of bone mass or density. Dental implants can work after the patient’s bone density has been restored, which is why you need someone experienced, like Gregory Gorman, DMD, to oversee the procedure.
Do Dental Implants Overcome Bone Loss?
Bone loss is frequently brought on by dentures or a number of missing teeth. However, it can also be brought on by gum disease or an accident. Dental implants are a great option for replacing several lost teeth because they stop bone loss. But in the past, a lot of patients who wanted implants had enough bone loss that it was difficult to do so without first using drastic treatments like bone transplants. Luckily, because of recent advances in implant technology, the majority of patients with bone loss may now have high-quality dental implants installed in only a few days.
Are Dental Implants Safer Than Dentures?
Sadly, bone loss is a frequent side effect of dentures since, in comparison to real teeth, they place only a modest amount of chewing pressure (about 10%) on the jaw. The bone that typically supports the teeth starts to resorb, or die away, without this continual stimulation. Dentures that were once snugly fitted may eventually become loose and unpleasant due to the subsequent bone loss. By replacing up to 80% of the chewing power of missing teeth, dental implants offer a solution to this issue. Additionally, they are superior to bridges and removable dentures in many other ways.
Is Bone Grafting Safe?
When a bone is grafted, bone material from another region of the body is merged with damaged or low-density bone. The two substances gradually combine, giving the damaged bone some density and strength again. In order to support dental implants, surgeons may transplant bone material from a patient's body—typically the tibia, hip bones, or other regions of the jawbone—onto the area of bone required for that purpose. At Gregory J. Gorman, DMD, Dr. Gregory J. Gorman, DMD and Dr. Gorman can also employ artificial bone material that is manufactured commercially or bone material that has been donated by other sources. We can securely place the new dental implant in the location once the jawbone has grown adequate solidity.
If you have more questions about bone loss and dental implants, contact us at (970) 812-3959 to meet the dental team.