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Dental Implants with Bone Loss on Jaw?

I have severe bone loss in my upper jaw, and the dentist wants to extract my teeth and give me dentures. I want dental implants, but with the amount of bone loss that may not be possible. Do I have options? Has anyone tried Emdogain or other bone regeneration techniques, or would bone grafting give me the bone I need? I really don't want dentures.

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Not enough bone for implants? There are treatment options.


Dental implant success and longevity requires adequate amount and quality of bone. If teeth are still present but have bone loss, there are several treatment options. First, once the teeth are removed, the surgeon can assess the remaining bone and determine if immediate implants are possible in certain sites to support an overdenture. If there is extensive bone loss around the teeth, then it may be possible to graft the extraction sites to restore its form and then return in 4-6 months to place the implants. For overdenture, four implants are typically adequate, although two implants can be done as minimum. More implants will be needed to support a fixed prosthesis (bridge) that does not come out. If you don't want denture, this may be a prefered option for you.

The key is to determine the amount of existing bone and plan for either immediate implants or graft and place implants at later time. Conventional dental X-rays complemented by CT scan can provide a lot of information to the surgoen to make this determination.

Bethesda Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon
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Bone Grafts For Dental Implants


There is no reason anyone can not get implants because of bone loss today.  There are several techniques for bone grafting including Platelet Rich Plasma (uses growth factors for your own blood), rhBMP (bone morphogenic protein), harvesting a patients own natural bone and using other cadaveric bone and bone substitutes.  There are also implant placement techniques, such as the All-On-Four which avoids the need for bone grafting if one so chooses. With CT Scans and computer guided implant placement this is a possibility  It all depends on what type of prosthesis you want in the end.  An overdenture vs individual implants and teeth vs. a bridge on dental implants.  I can honestly say that in my hands there is no reason for someone not to be able to have dental implants placed ( unless they have severe medical health issues which would prevent it)  Seek a consultation with a Board Certified Oral & Maxillofacial surgeon, they are the most qualified individuals and have more training in these complicated cases than any other specialist.

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Phoenix Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon
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Patients with Severe Bone Loss Can Have a Successful Outcome with Dental Implants for Permanent Teeth


With the latest technologies that we have as surgeons, Dental Implants can have a successful outcome for almost any patient who wants permanent teeth. With computer imaging and a CT scan we map out the bone quality and quantity to see where we can place dental implants using what is called “A Graftless Solution” and “Guided Technology” Nobel Biocare is a leader in this new technology allowing many patients to have extractions, and fixed permanent teeth the same day. These techniques are called Teeth in an Hour and Teeth in a Day and are specialized procedures that need to be performed by well-trained surgeons.

Baltimore Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon
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Bone loss and Implants


Modern surgical techniques allow for nearly anyone (in good health) to have implants. Bone can be added or grafted if necessary. Tissue can be grafted to add appropriate balance to the gum line in the esthetic zone.

Memphis Cosmetic Dentist
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Almost Never

We have a periodontist who places implants in our office.  I have never seen a case where he could not place an implant.  He does have a great deal of experience placing implants.
Houston Cosmetic Dentist
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Dental Implants and Bone Loss

Implants are always an option. You need to have a CT scan taken to allow the periodontist or Oral surgeon to properly evaluate your bone. Often times, placing a bone graft at the time of extraction can make a big difference as well. As long as you are not immune compromised and not smoking, Implants may be an option.
Beverly Hills Cosmetic Dentist
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Dental Implants and Bone Loss


Even when bone loss is severe, it is possible to augment bone and place dental implants in most cases.  Usually major bone augmentation is done with patient's own bone, allograft bone material or a combination of boss. Emdogain in particular is an enamel matrix protein that will not be significant for this procedure.  In order to evaluate the outcome, your Periodontist must look at the amount of horizontal and vertical bone loss, the anatomy of the defect, and then treat/erradicate any periodontal disease prior to implant placement. 

If you don't have enough bone to replace all teeth with implants, you have several options available to you.  You may choose to go with a hybrid prosthesis (5-6 implants supporting a fixed denture without the flange) or an overdenture (2-6 implants supporting a removable denture).  These options may provide enough stability and comfort for you and may minimize the amount of procedures you need to have for implant placement.  Please discuss your concerns with your Board Certified Periodontist so he/she can present the best options for you.

Los Angeles Cosmetic Dentist

Bone loss and Dental Implants


It is possible to place dental implants on a patient with severe bone loss. 

You will need a dentist who can graft your upper jaw bone if necessary. The grafting process can take some time and it can be costly.

A CT scan can reveal exactly how much bone you have remaining. 

Today the surgeries can be designed on a computer ahead of time to ensure that the implants are placed into adequate bone. 


Miami Cosmetic Dentist

Bone loss and dentures


There is an option to still get implants. In my experience, I have seen that people with bone loss have a better chance with Mini Dental Implants, this can be achieved as well with probably a sinus lift, but I have tried both options in the same patient and the success rate is high. Bone loss is controllable and of course you do have many options. It is very difficult to say without any X-rays, however, it sounds like a sinus lift and mini implant retained dentures could be a good option, also you can try with regular dental implants. Xrays would be a must to give a proper diagnose in your case. Thank you.

Mexico Cosmetic Dentist
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Advancement in bone graft techniques


There is a great advancement in bone augmentation(increase or restoration of lost bone) for successful placement of Dental implants.As a result there are plenty of options available.Depending on where the bone loss has occurred, one of the following procedures will be selected – sinus lift(graft), ridge splitting, distraction osteogenesis, onlay autologous bone grafts, PRP mixed hydroxyapatite crystals/ any bone graft etc..


India Cosmetic Dentist

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