Bone Deterioration And Dental Implants
Methods to help a successful osseointegration period.
Dental implants are becoming more widely known and increasingly acknowledged as the most effective tooth replacement method currently available. We have performed this procedure for a large number of patients at our Chelmsford practice and have received very positive feedback saying how implants have improved quality of life.
The success rate of dental implant placement is very high indeed and they should last for a minimum of twenty years, given good quality, diligent aftercare. There is one factor though, that needs particular attention when it comes to dental implant placement, and that is the need for sufficient bone into which to place them.
Along with discussing your general health and checking that you have no gum disease problems, prior to your procedure, we also will check to see how the bone in the area is looking. Where the bone is strong and healthy, then the implant placement and integration with the bone (osseointegration) should be relatively straightforward and problem free in the large majority of cases. Where there is insufficient bone detected though, a prior procedure will be needed before an implant can be placed. This is known as a bone graft or augmentation and is used to build up the quantity and quality of bone in that area.
At Blue Sky Dental, in Chelmsford, we perform bone graft procedures to build up the bone, but it may also be possible to restore this using tissue stimulating proteins which then naturally encourage the body to regenerate the missing bone. Even where bone has not been affected by problems such as gum disease, if a tooth has been extracted, bone degradation can occur over time and if a dental implant is to be placed, the bone in the immediate area may need to be built up first.
In some instances, it may be possible to perform the augmentation and implant placement at the same time, and our Essex based implant dentists can advise you of this at your consultation.
Post procedural bone problems
Even where bone was healthy prior to the implant placement, it shouldn’t be forgotten that this is not necessarily a permanent state of affairs and continual good oral health care is still needed, especially around the new dental implant. Failure to keep the gums clean in this area may lead to gum disease which will eventually attack the bone in the area. Should this be allowed to advance, the risk of losing your dental implant is greatly increased.
If you are missing a tooth, or teeth, and would like to find out more about dental implants and how they can work for you, please call Blue Sky Dental on 01245 211070 to arrange a free non clinical consultation with us.