Can I get dental implants if I don’t have enough bone?
When a tooth is lost, the bone in the immediate area begins to deteriorate. Since it’s no longer needed to hold the root of the tooth in place, the body begins to conserve minerals for other areas where they are needed. Without these minerals to maintain itself, bone weakens and reabsorbs.
One of the key advantages of dental implants is that because they mimic the action of a tooth’s root, they stop bone deterioration from happening. If you’ve been without a tooth for a while, however, this might seem like a paradox.
It’s true that a dental implant requires a sufficient quantity of healthy bone to hold the implant in place so it can integrate. It’s very rare, however, that a lack of bone makes dental implant placement impossible.
This is because of an advanced dental technique called bone grafting, which allows us to build up weakened or damaged bone using donor bone and other materials. It’s essentially the same idea as skin grafting, which is often used to treat patients with severe skin injuries, like burns.
A bone graft can be placed at the time of an extraction or, in some cases, at the time of the implant. Drs Lim and Sridhar will talk to you about your options and help you make the decision that is right for your needs.