Unfortunately, many people have to deal with tooth loss, either because of an incident, oral disease, or tooth decay not treated in time.
If you suffer from tooth loss, restoring your oral health and replacing the missing tooth or teeth should become a priority.
Missing teeth will not only affect your appearance and self-esteem, but it will also affect your oral and general health. Failing to address this issue may lead to TMJ problems, sagging skin, wrinkles around the mouth, migraines, and so on.
Dental implants are one of the most efficient options for teeth restoration.
But, what if you are suffering from bone loss? Can you still get implants?
Implants are dental treatments that restore one or several missing teeth, from the root up.
A metal post will be inserted in the jawbone to create a support base for the abutment that will later hold the artificial tooth.
Dental implants have a high success rate in restoring oral health and function, as well as successfully keeping the jawbone healthy and strong.
Because the metal post is inserted into the jaw bone, it will stimulate the jaw just like a natural tooth would do it. As a result, dental implants can help you avoid jawbone loss.
But what happens if your tooth has been missing for too long and the health of your jawbone has already been affected? Does it mean the implant is not an option for you?
If that's the case for you, then you shouldn't worry. You can still get implants, but you will need a bone graft first.
The bone graft will add volume and density to the jaw area that has been affected by the tooth loss.
The material used for bone grafting can either be from your own body, purchased from a human tissue bank or an animal tissue bank, or it can be made from synthetic material.
After the bone graft is inserted, you will need to wait for a few months for your body to integrate and accept the graft. This allows the bone tissue to grow and regenerate, creating the density needed for the implant to be inserted.
As you can see, even if your jawbone has been affected by missing teeth, you can still get implants and restore your oral health.
Your oral health is an important part of your general health, and at Be More Dental, we are aware of this. Dr. Amanda Hurley focuses on offering dental treatments that are unique to the needs of each patient.
Whether you just need routine checkups, are struggling with gum disease, or need dental implants, we’re here to provide personalized, caring, and modern treatment in Baltimore.
Get in touch with us to schedule your appointment in Baltimore today.