Implant prostheses are fixed or removable prostheses that are placed on the implant and support...
Many people suffer from a specific type of bone loss involving the area underneath the gum line, often due to Periodontal Disease. For those who suffer from this type of bone loss, they are familiar with the serious health and quality of life issues this can cause. Those who suffer from severe bone loss often have oral health issues as well, adding to the list of medical problems. Issues eating can cause patients to suffer from malnutrition, only worsening their overall health. When someone has issues with their teeth, doctors will often consider dental implants. Unfortunately, patients with severe bone loss in the jaw don’t have enough bone for implants to remain securely embedded. These patients are often told they are ineligible for implants. Fortunately,with today’s technology there are still techniques available that make implants possible, even with a lack of bone in the jaw.
Bone augmentation for dental implants are sometimes necessary when a patient does not have enough bone available to properly anchor the screw or other implant hardware. Dental bone augmentation includes a variety of procedures, including sinus lifts, bone graft procedures, and manipulation of bone using an osteotome or osteotome mallet. Since an implant cannot be done without a certain amount of bone available, it becomes necessary for a periodontal surgeon to stimulate the patient to grow more bone in the area, or to remove bone from one area and place it in the area where the implant will be done.
Bone augmentation procedures in implant dentistry are not uncommon, especially in cases of bone atrophy, where tooth loss without replacement has caused the deterioration of bone over time. Bone augmentation surgery can be done to improve the likelihood of being able to place an implant, but it does require implant surgery to be delayed while the bone heals.