Are Dental Implants Still an Option for Patients With Bone Loss?

By: Dr. Jacob Sheppard


For the successful placement of dental implants, it is imperative that the patient has healthy, intact bone and tissue structure. Without it, the dental implant is not able to fully integrate with the bone and may be unstable and not adequate for supporting an attached restoration, like a crown or dentures. When a patient’s bone structure is compromised, it may still be possible to place dental implants, though the treatment may involve additional steps or an adjusted approach.

At Sycamore Family Dentistry, Midlothian dentist Dr. Jacob Sheppard is experienced in the complexities of dental implant cases with bone loss and is committed to helping restore the health and function of his patients’ smiles with advanced implant dentistry. Take a closer look here at why bone loss matters with dental implants and how dental implant placement with bone loss may still be an option for you.

Why does bone structure matter when getting dental implants?

The placement of dental implants involves surgically inserting a metal screw (the implant) into the patient’s jawbone. Over the course of several months, the implant will fuse with the bone in a process called osseointegration, which ultimately provides a stable base to which an abutment and restoration can be attached. When the patient’s bone structure or integrity is compromised — including when they’ve experienced loss of bony material — the implant is unable to fully integrate with the jaw, which can lead to a loose implant and other complications.

How can I still get dental implants with bone loss?

In some cases, it may still be possible for patients with bone loss to get dental implants, though the treatment will likely require additional steps and/or modifications to the technique or devices used. For example, Dr. Sheppard may recommend bone grafting prior to dental implants, or an alternative type of implant and/or placement may be used. Because every patient’s anatomy and situation is unique, each dental implant treatment plan will begin with a thorough consultation and exam. If needed, Dr. Sheppard may order new dental x-rays. Based on the findings of this evaluation, a customized treatment plan will be created to address any irregularities — like bone loss or periodontal disease — that may need to be addressed and corrected prior to the placement of dental implants.

What could disqualify you from getting dental implants?

Dr. Sheppard makes every effort to ensure patients are able to undergo the dental treatment or procedure that will be most beneficial for them, but there are certain cases in which some treatments — like dental implants — may not be safe or appropriate. Some of the reasons why it may not be possible to place dental implants include:

  • Severe bone loss
  • Severely compromised oral or dental health
  • Current pregnancy
  • Smoking
  • Underlying medical conditions

Fortunately, however, modern dental medicine makes it possible for most patients to successfully have dental implants placed when needed.

Worried about bone loss disqualifying you from dental implants? Call to learn more about your implant dentistry options in Midlothian, VA

Even with bone loss and other oral health or structural problems, you may still be considered a candidate for dental implants once these issues have been addressed. Start the process of finding out whether dental implants will be possible for you by calling Sycamore Family Dentistry to schedule your consultation and exam for Midlothian, VA dental implants with experienced dentist Dr. Jacob Sheppard today.

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