Maybe you’ve heard encouraging tales of long-term success from people you’ve talked with who have had dental implants placed. Maybe your dentist or primary care physician mentioned dental implants to plant a seed and start a larger conversation about it. But as much good as you’ve heard about dental implants, you’re still wondering if they’re right for you – if you can still get dental implants even if you’ve suffered major bone loss in your jawbone.
Take a look at some of the many procedures your dentist can perform to improve your candidacy for dental implants when you’ve suffered bone lone.
When there isn’t enough jawbone left to accommodate dental implants, an oral surgeon can graft in natural or synthetic bone from another source.
With age and with the loss of teeth, the sinuses begin to sag in the area around the nose and mouth. Your dentist can use a bone graft to raise the sagging sinuses and access sturdy jawbone in the area behind your back teeth.
Alternative Styles of Dental Implants
When there isn’t enough jawbone to support the insertion of titanium dental implant posts, many dentists will break the sad news to you that you aren’t a good candidate for dental implants. However, an oral surgeon, a dentist certified in surgical procedures, can offer zygomatic and pterygoid-style dental implants that will be anchored to the bone above or behind the jawbone.
Here are some of the benefits of zygomatic and pterygoid-style dental implants:
You won’t need to have a bone graft or a sinus lift to accommodate pterygoid or zygomatic implants.
- Though standard dental implants have a success rate of about 98 percent, you’ll still enjoy a high success rate around 90 percent by going with the alternatives.
- They can support dentures and other dental prostheses right after surgery.
- They offer similar long-term reliability as standard dental implants.
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