Unfortunately, dental implants are not available to everyone. This is because a strong enough foundation is needed in order to apply the dental implant. Without this foundation in the jawbone, the implant cannot support the tooth and therefore will be ineffectual. However, you will be able to establish whether implants are for you after an initial screening process or an implant consultation.
I have suffered bone loss in the jaw, is there anything that can be done?
There are some other options available for those who might not be eligible for a dental implant. There are some great benefits to dental implants, so sometimes there can be additional measures taken in order to receive implants, for patients who may have been denied dental implants in the past.
For those who may have lost some bone due to wearing dentures for years may think that they cannot get any implants, due to the lack of bone structure. This is because if there is no tooth in place, the bone will begin to naturally recede. However, some dental practices will offer an extremely advanced treatment in order to combat this issue, which can be extremely common. Bone graftsare a method of removing bone from the chin, or hip depending on which is more suitable. Occasionally a synthetic or animal bone is used as a replacement, in order to achieve a similar rebuilding of the jawbone.
Once the bone has been extracted, your dentist will carefully insert the bone into the jaw, and it will begin to bond with the existing bone. This means that the site the implant is intended for can now be easily secured.
Another issue that can come to light during your implant consultation, is that your sinuses can be too low for the implants to be suitable. In other words, inserting the implants may enter parts of your sinuses and be unstable in the jaw. This can be rectified with a sinus lift. The sinus lift works by raising the sinus cavity above where the implant will be inserted, to create a gap. This gap will then be filled in with bone or an artificial material, similar to a bone graft. Due to the complexity of this procedure, the sinus lift will have to be performed under general anaesthetic. Sinus lifts are offered when dental implants may have been declined, giving you a second chance to receive dental implants.
Are dental implants worth it?
Dental implants can be a costly and long procedure. However, if you are looking to permanently replace a tooth, and make a long term investment for your oral care, dental implants are the way forward. Due to the titanium screw bonding with the bone, it means that the implant is extremely secure and will very rarely need replacing. The only thing that may need replacing is the crown which fits onto the implant. However, this can be cheaply and easily replaced.
Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.