Can I Get Dental Implants If I Have Bone Loss?

Sufficient bone is necessary for dental implant support. People with bone loss might think they are not good candidates for dental implants. While that may have been true in the past, new bone grafting technology means that even with bone loss, many people can still get them.

A good dentist for implants can perform bone grafts and sinus lifts on some patients, followed by implants after healing. However, candidates for the procedure cannot have an active periodontal infection. If they do– they may become candidates for dental implants after successful periodontal disease treatment.

Dental Implants and Bone Grafts

A bone graft can make all the difference for those who do not have enough bone to support dental implants. Bone for grafting is available from:

  • The patient’s own body, primarily the chin or hip
  • Human cadaver or bovine prepared bone
  • Synthetic products

Sinus Lifts

A sinus lift is a bone graft placed in the upper jaw. The procedure increases the amount of bone available. It is most often performed on patients who have lost teeth and jawbone near the sinuses, in the rear of the jaw. Many of these patients lost teeth due to genetic conditions, birth defects, or other medical issues.

The sinus is lifted surgically via an incision in the gum area where the back teeth once were. The incision allows the dental surgeon to access the jawbone and cut a small circle in it. From there, the resultant flap is moved upward toward the sinus cavity. The sinus membrane and the bone are both lifted, creating a void in which the graft material is placed. Sutures are used to close the incision.

Dental Implants

It takes about six months for the grafted bone to become strong enough to support dental implants. During this period, you will have follow-up appointments for the dentist to check on your healing and take X-rays.

Once healing is complete, you may receive your implants and a great new smile. There are some types of implants for which immediate placement is a possibility.

Contact a Suffolk County, Long Island Cosmetic Dentist

If you would like more information about getting a dental bone graft on Long Island and whether you are a candidate, contact LI Implant & Cosmetic Dentistry today to arrange a consultation for a customized treatment plan.

Please note we are taking every possible precaution during the COVID-19 pandemic to protect our patients and staff. We follow the stringent safety protocols recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the New York State Dental Association (NYSDA), the New York Department of Health (NYSDOH), and the American Dental Association (ADA).

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