You may have been told in the past by your dentist that you cannot have dental implants because your jawbone is not strong enough. You may have resigned yourself to a lifetime of your bridge or dentures and all the hassles that can come with them.
But don’t give up hope just yet. There are ways round these problems, especially if you go to an experienced implant dentist such as those at PDC Dental Implants in Barnsley.
What’s so great about dental implants?
Implants have become the 21st century’s answer to tooth loss because they replace the root as well as the crown of a tooth, and thus restore full functionality for the user i.e. with an implant you can eat whatever you like, whereas with dentures and bridges you have to be a lot more careful in your food choices.
The importance of a healthy jawbone
Dental implants are the direct result of the 1952 discovery that titanium fuses with human bone tissue. But in order for that to happen, and for the implants to become stable and secure within the bone, there has to be enough density in the bone to start with.
Bone density can be an issue. This is because when a tooth comes out of the jaw, the bone around the now empty socket no longer receives the stimulation it needs from the root to tell it to renew its cells. It’s not even a case of the bone sitting there idly not bothering to renew cells, it actually makes an assumption that it’s no longer needed, and starts to break itself down.
There is a 25% decrease in width of the jawbone during the first year after tooth loss and an overall 4 millimetre decrease in height over the next few years. That loss of density makes it harder for an implant dentist to put an implant in. However, recent advances in surgical techniques mean that implant dentists can now put implants into the denser cheekbone above the upper jaw using zygomatic implants, which are longer than the ones that go into the jawbone. This offers new hope to people who have been turned down because they’d lost too much upper jawbone.