I have bone loss because of eight missing teeth in my lower jaw. Can I get the bone loss replaced so I can get implants? I don’t want to wear a partial. – Tom F
Tom – Bone loss can be replaced by using bone grafting. Increasing jawbone mass will ensure that dental implants are secure and won’t loosen.
There are different types of bone grafting:
Autogenous – bone is taken from elsewhere in your body (often the chin or lower jaw) and used to supplement the jawbone
Allograft – Synthetic bone is used, or human bone from a reputable bone tissue bank can be used
Xenograft – processed animal bone, from a reputable bone tissue bank, is used
After the bone-grafting procedure, there is a wait of six to twelve months, to allow time for the graft to integrate with your existing bone. The progress of your healing will be periodically checked, and you will receive updates on when you can receive dental implants.
Not only does receiving dental implants, instead of wearing a partial denture, look more pleasing, dental implants prevent further jawbone loss and facial collapse.
This post is sponsored by Naperville implant dentist Dr. Anthony LaVacca.