Why sufficient bone is needed to place dental implants
Do you think about dental implants to replace your missing teeth? If so, you need to make sure you are a proper candidate. Dr. Dean Glasser of Implant and General Dentistry of Long Island in Melville, NY, explains the need for enough bone to support implants in the future properly.
Why do I need sufficient bone for the placement of dental implants?
When you lose a natural adult tooth, the bone around that tooth begins to resorb or break down. This is because the bone is no longer being stimulated by the tooth root. If you don’t replace the tooth, the bone loss will continue and can eventually lead to severe problems. Dental implants are placed surgically by a professional into the jawbone to act as artificial roots and help prevent further bone loss while being used for supporting dental crowns, dental bridges, or full dentures. For dental implants to be successful, patients need to have enough bone present to support them. If you don’t have enough bone, there are a few options available to you. Dr. Dean Glasser can go through these solutions with you during a consultation appointment to assist you in better understanding the ways in which you can prepare your smile for the placement of dental implants.
These solutions include:
- Bone grafting - the most common solution is bone grafting. This is a process where natural bone or material is used to rebuild the ridge of the dental arch to allow dental implants to be placed into them. The process takes some time but allows patients to obtain dental implants at a later date.
- Mini dental implants - while traditional implants require sufficient bone for successful placement, mini dental implants are smaller and shorter and can be placed in areas where traditional dental implants cannot. Once placed, they can still stimulate bone growth through osseointegration, keeping the implants firmly in place for many years.
Schedule a consultation appointment with Dr. Dean Glasser of Melville, NY, today!
If you’re considering dental implants and want to ensure you are a proper candidate, call our office to schedule a consultation with Dr. Dean Glasser of Implant and General Dentistry of Long Island. The office can be reached by calling 631-423-6767 to make an appointment with our professionals.