Can You Get Dental Implants With Bone Loss? Yes (And Here’s How!)


September 8, 2023

At RI Oral Surgery & Implant Center, we specialize in dental implants in Rhode Island. If you’re interested in replacing your missing teeth, a dental implant from Dr. Ray English may be right for you. 

But what if you have bone loss in your jaw? Can you still qualify for a dental implant? The answer is “yes.” Thanks to bone grafting and modern treatment methods, you can get a dental implant in Rhode Island even if your jawbone is weak due to bone loss. Let’s get into the details!

What Is Bone Loss, And What Causes It?

Bone loss happens in your jaw when you lose one or more teeth. After you lose a tooth, the underlying jawbone tissue will no longer be stimulated by chewing and biting. Over time, this means the bone will begin to “resorb” into your body. Eventually, this causes the bone to become thinner and weaker.

This causes problems if you want to get dental implants. Dental implants are surgically placed directly into your gums and jaw bone, and the bone tissue must be strong enough to hold them in place properly. Because of this, patients with bone loss may think that dental implants aren’t right for them. However, that’s not the case!

Bone Grafting Is The Solution To Bone Loss

Even if you have experienced bone loss after losing teeth, you may still be able to get dental implants thanks to bone grafting. Bone grafting is a surgical procedure that reverses bone loss and strengthens your jaw sufficiently for one or more dental implants.

In this procedure, Dr. English will create an opening in your gums and jaw bone and pack bone granules into the affected area. Then, he will suture and seal the surgical site. Over time, natural bone tissue will heal over the bone granules in your bone graft.

This strengthens your jaw and ensures that it’s dense enough to accommodate a dental implant. After your bone graft heals, you can get one or more dental implants and permanently restore your smile.

Dental Implants Help Prevent Bone Loss After Treatment, Too

Dental implants have tons of benefits like longevity, ease of care, and a natural look and feel. And they also help prevent bone loss in the future, unlike alternatives such as dentures and dental bridges. This is because dental implants stimulate your jawbone just like a natural tooth. 

The metal implant is placed directly into your jawbone, so the pressure and force of chewing and biting get sent into the bone tissue. This stimulates the tissue and keeps it strong. That means a bone graft and a dental implant from Dr. English at RI Oral Surgery & Implant Center, you won’t have to worry about bone loss anymore!

Learn More About Bone Grafts And Dental Implants – Schedule Today!

Even if you’ve been missing several teeth for years and have experienced bone loss in your jaw, you may be a good candidate for bone grafts and dental implants in Rhode Island. To find out and explore your options, you can schedule a consultation at RI Oral Surgery and Implant Center. Contact us online or give us a call at (401) 732-1188 to get started. We’re always accepting new patients, and Dr. English and our team would love the opportunity to discuss your options for tooth replacement in Rhode Island.

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Book a Consultation

Are you interested in dental implants or in finding out if you’re a good candidate for oral surgery? Schedule a consultation with Dr. Ray English III today! He’ll take the time to get to know you, and provide treatment plan options that are tailored to your unique needs, so you can get the care that’s right for you.

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