People who have been wearing dentures for many years may have been told by their dentist that they are not suitable for dental implants because they have suffered bone loss.
While bone resorbtion is a natural consequence of losing your teeth that can affect the implant process, it does not necessarily mean you are unable to have implants. At PDC Dental Implants in Barnsley, we have helped many patients with bone loss to get dental implants.
As a specialist implant centre, we have a wealth of knowledge and techniques at our disposal to help patients restore their smile. Dr Alex Jones has placed more than 800 dental implants and is experienced in dealing with complex cases at our Barnsley centre. There are two options for patients who have suffered bone loss. . .
Bone grafting is a common procedure for patients who have suffered bone loss. Donor bone is taken from elsewhere in the mouth, or a natural bone substitute is used to rebuild bone in areas where it has been lost.
The area is then left to heal, which typically takes six months, before dental implants are placed. Occasionally with the upper jaw a procedure called a sinus lift is used, in which bone or bone substitute is packed into the sinus cavity, and implants are placed at the same time.
Zygomatic implants are the treatment of choice at our Barnsley dental practice for patients who have experienced bone loss in the upper jaw. They are longer than standard dental implants and connect with the strong, dense bone of the cheekbone.
A huge advantage is that your dentist can place your implant-supported bridge at the same time as your implants. This cuts down on recovery time and on visits to the dental practice.
In most cases two zygomatic implants are used alongside two to four regular dental implants, although patients with severe bone loss may benefit from four zygomatic implants.