For several decades, dental implants have helped people who’ve lost teeth regain more of their oral health and bite function than more conventional tooth replacement options. This ability to restore more of your healthy, natural smile stems from dental implants’ unique ability to replace the roots of your lost or extracted teeth. However, for some patients, the effects of tooth loss and other mitigating factors may make it difficult to receive traditional dental implants. To help limit or avoid the need for additional treatment, such as jawbone grafting, we can often recommend small-diameter dental implants to help more patients benefit from the lifelike restorations.
About the impacts of tooth loss
Even people who experience tooth loss don’t always understand the full impacts that it can have on their smiles and oral health, especially in the long-term. One of the more significant of these impacts is the reduction in mass and density in your jawbone structure. When you lose one or more teeth, the absence of their roots results in less stimulation in the bone structure, which leads to fewer minerals and nutrients being sent to it. Over time, the loss of stimulation can cause the bone in your dental ridge to lose mass and density, making it smaller and weaker.
Why jawbone integrity matters
Because dental implants are created to replicate healthy, natural teeth roots, they rely on the bone structure in your dental ridge for support. Dental implant posts are placed within this bone structure in order to replace the lost teeth roots that rested there. Once the implant is placed, the jawbone around it will heal to its surface, which requires an adequate amount of bone structure for the process to be successful. However, if you’ve lost numerous teeth, or if your dental ridge has had time to lose mass and density, then the process of the bone bonding to the implant may not be as successful.
What small-diameter implants do
When someone who’s lost one or more teeth wants to replace them with dental implants, but their diminished jawbone structure complicates it, they may have several options. One can be to strengthen the dental ridge’s bone structure through a process known as jawbone grafting, which involves bonding biocompatible donor bone and/or grafting material to the weakened area of the jawbone. However, some patients can limit or avoid the need for grafting with the help of small-diameter dental implants, which can provide the same benefits as conventional implant posts and may be placed without needing jawbone grafting first.
Learn about small-diameter dental implants
Depending on the health and integrity of your dental ridge, you may benefit more from receiving small-diameter dental implants to support your custom restoration. To learn more, schedule a free consultation by calling The Dental Implant Place in Ft. Worth, TX, today at 817-560-0414.