Losing one or several teeth can hamper the appearance and health of your smile, as well as your daily routine. To overcome these difficulties and restore your oral health, dentists recommend replacing missing teeth with durable replacement options.
Out of the several teeth replacement options available, dental implants are recommended mainly by dentists as they are the closest restoration to the natural tooth.
No. There is a caveat. To be eligible for the successful placement of dental implants, the patient must have good oral health and jaw bone density to support the implant. However, approximately six months after teeth loss, the patient's jaw bone deterioration begins due to the bone resorption process, where the calcium from the jawbone gets redistributed to other body parts. The loss of bone mass can also occur due to factors like periodontal disease, osteoporosis, diabetes, chemo treatment, or radiation treatment.
So, what if someone doesn't have enough jaw bone mass? Here's what you need to know.
With advancements in technology and dentistry, patients with compromised bone structures or low jawbone density can now have dental implants with the following procedures:
Bone grafting is an advanced and safe surgical procedure where bone matter obtained from the patient's body or an external source is placed in the jaw where adequate bone mass is deficient or requires additional structural support. Besides replacing missing bone, bone grafting also stimulates new bone growth. Once the jawbone has regained enough density and strength after the fusing is complete, the dentist can successfully place the implant.
Zygomatic implants are an alternate solution to restoring lost bone density with a bone grafting procedure. During the placement of zygomatic implants, the implant is anchored in the zygoma bone, a part of the jawbone adjacent to the cheek, and is known for its high density.
Zygomatic implants don't need the redistribution or placement of outside bone matter, as in the case of bone grafting. Plus, the placement of zygomatic implants doesn't need as much recovery time like bone grafts.
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