Can Patients With Jawbone Loss Have Implants?

If you have weak jawbones, your dentist will graft bone into the area. These artificial bone granules become real jawbone structure in approximately 6 months. Moreover, your dentist may strengthen the bone by taking a piece of bone from another part of the mouth and placing it in the jawbone area.

How to Treat Moving Dentures with Implants?

If you have lost all your teeth, you may have to use complete dentures. Complete dentures are removable dentures supported by the upper and lower jawbone and fit to your jawbone with the help of a vacuum created by saliva. As they are removable, you can take them off any time you want. Dentists recommend you take your dentures off before going to bed and put them in a container filled with water containing denture disinfectants you can buy from any pharmacy. You will rinse your dentures in the morning before using them. If you have enough bone and saliva density to hold your implants in place, it means you will not have difficulties getting used to your implants. However, if you have suffered bone loss, your implants will constantly move and come off and bother you no matter how ideally they are made. Food particles will get under your implants and cause discomfort whenever you eat. Although these problems are seen largely in lower jaw dentures, you may see same problems when you lose upper jawbone density, too. In today’s dentistry, you can have your implants stabilized with a method where your dentist will place tooth root into the jawbone.

There are two methods:

First method uses two or four implants to prent the denture from moving and puts new dentures on top of them. Two or four implants are inserted into the jawbone after which you wait for approximately for 4 months for the implant to integrate with the bone. Later, your dentist attaches new dentures onto the dentures. The second method is used to prepare fixed dentures for patients with no teeth. Your dentures and implants are fixed and several of them are placed into your jawbone as though they were natural teeth. They are also used for fixed crowns. Your dentist needs x-ray analysisi detailed clinical examinations and planning to carry out this procedure.

Fixed Teeth with 4 Implants (All-on-4 )

Developed by Dr. Paulo Malo, this method is used for patients who have teeth on a single jaw or do not have any teeth at all. We can also offer this method to patients who:

– have excessive bone loss, especially at the back of their jawbone
– do not want bone replacement
– need immediate teeth / denture replacement on implants
– want to use fixed dentures with as few implants as possible

With the all-on-4 method, you may get fixed dentures as soon as your dentist has inserted your implants, however, we have to point out that some patients have such levels of bone loss in their molar areas that it may be impossible to make implants. There is also the possibility that a patient’s jawbone may not be anatomically suitable for implants.