Do I Need Bone Augmentation Before Getting Dental Implants?
Posted on 9/20/2016 by Implant & Periodontal Associates NW
For dental implants to be successfully placed, there needs to be enough bone mass in your jaw to support the implant.
Some patients have enough bone mass to have dental implants placed without an additional procedure, but others have significant bone loss, which needs to be treated first.
What Causes Bone Loss?
There are several reasons why someone might experience bone loss in their jaw, such as periodontal disease and injury, but one of the main reasons for major bone loss is waiting to treat missing teeth. As more time goes on, the area around the missing tooth starts to lose more mass.
However, there are also times when missing teeth have been treated with removable prosthetics, but there is still bone loss. Dentures actually can accelerate jaw resorption after they have been worn for an extended period of time.
How Is Bone Loss Treated?
If you have considerable bone loss in your jaw, there are a few different types of bone augmentation that can give your jawbone enough mass to anchor the dental implant:
Bone graft: During a bone graft, organic or artificial bone material is attached to your jawbone to add more mass. After enough time has passed, the bone graft material fuses with your jaw, adding the necessary bone mass for further treatment.
Sinus lift: A sinus lift procedure adds bone material beneath the sinus cavity, which will eventually create more bone mass for your upper jaw and allow enough mass for the implant to be anchored..
Ridge modification: A ridge modification expands the width of your jaw to help support the implant. This treatment can be done on the upper or lower jaw.
If you have further questions, contact our office today at , and we can help you determine if bone augmentation is the right treatment for you.