Do I Have Enough Jawbone For Dental Implants
Green Bay, WI
Dental implants are an excellent restorative option for those missing one or more permanent teeth. The process relies on the strength of a patient's jawbone and gingival tissues to secure the implant into place. Inadequate bone density can prevent individuals from exploring this solution, leaving them with fewer options for lasting tooth replacement.
While some people interested in this restoration may be unsure whether they meet the necessary requirements to get implants, it's important to know exactly what is involved before implant surgery.
What is the Jawbone and Why Do You Need it for Dental Implants?
The jawbone is a vital part of our physiology. It comprises the mandible, which makes up the lower jaw, and the maxilla, which forms the upper jaw. The lower and upper jaw together form a hinge joint with teeth attached that allows us to chew food and articulate speech. The jawbone is crucial for successful dental implant procedures since it provides a stable foundation for the implanted tooth. Without the jawbone, the implant would have inadequate support and be prone to displacement or other damage.
In addition, the jawbone helps to ensure that biting pressure is appropriately transferred to the implant so that it functions just as well as natural teeth. This makes the jawbone important for properly functioning dental implants.
What Are Alternatives if You Don’t Have Enough Jawbone?
If you don't have enough jawbone for dental implants, our trained dental surgeons, including Dr. Lasnoski and Dr. Hallas, can provide you with other available options. Some of the most common available options include:
Bone grafting is a procedure that replaces missing bone with material derived from the patient or donated sources. This procedure allows for a stronger and more supportive foundation for dental implants.
Mini Dental Implants
Mini dental implants are smaller in size than traditional implants and can be used in cases where there is not enough jawbone for a full-sized implant.
The All-on-4® Treatment Concept is a type of implant that uses only four implants to support a full arch of teeth. This treatment can be used in cases where there is not enough jawbone to support a traditional implant.
Implant-supported dentures are a type of denture that is attached to dental implants instead of resting on the gums. This treatment can provide a more secure fit and improved function than traditional dentures.
What to Expect from Dental Implants and How Long It Will Take?
Bay Lakes Center for Complex Dentistry has you covered when it comes to dental implants. The process will typically take several months for the complete installation, but patients should expect to start seeing results in as little as two weeks.
Our specialist will examine your teeth during the initial appointment and recommend the best implants that fit your needs. Throughout this process, you should have regular check ups and follow ups with the specialist to ensure that healing occurs correctly. Generally, it takes three to six months or more, depending on your oral health.
Schedule a Consultation Today
To schedule a consultation at Bay Lakes Center for Complex Dentistry, call us at (920) 278-7678 today.