Dental implants are a popular way to replace missing teeth, but many patients who have experienced bone loss fear they are not suitable for implant treatment. At PDC Dental Implants in Barnsley, our skilled implant dentist Dr Alex Jones has helped many patients with bone loss to regain confidence in their smiles with the help of implants.
Why bone loss happens
Our teeth comprise two parts: the crowns, which you can see, and the roots beneath the gum line. Tooth roots connect with the jaw bone. When teeth are lost, the bone slowly starts to resorb without the roots, which can lead to a sagging appearance in the face.
If you have been wearing traditional dentures for some years, you may well have suffered bone loss. This is the reason that dentures frequently become loose over time, even if they fitted perfectly when you first started wearing them. This is a common complaint from patients who visit our Barnsley dental practice.
How dental implants help
Dental implants replace the root portion of the tooth. These small titanium screws directly connect with the jaw bone. Because titanium is very compatible with the human body and because the implants are osteoconductive (supportive of bone growth) they help to stop bone loss.
What happens if I have already suffered bone loss?
At PDC Dental Implants in Barnsley, our skilled implant dentist Dr Alex Jones can help you even if your own dentist has said you are not suitable for dental implants because of bone loss. There are a few treatment options available, and the best one will depend on your individual circumstances.
We often use zygomatic implants at our Barnsley practice. Zygomatic implants are longer than standard dental implants, meaning they can connect with the dense cheek bone.
The other alternative is to have bone augmentation treatment to rebuild your jaw bone before implant placement.