Dental implants: how patients with low bone density can get treatment

Traditionally, dental implants have not been available to patients with a low jaw bone density. However, at Oxfordshire clinic Chipping Norton Dental Implant Centre, we are able to offer hope and treatment to patients who have already experienced bone loss.

dental-implants-OxfordshireShrinkage of the jaw bone is a common side-effect of losing several or all of your natural teeth, and is caused by missing tooth roots. Because dental implants are the only way a dentist can replace the roots of natural teeth, they offer the perfect solution.

Low bone density is commonly seen in patients who have worn traditional dentures for several years. As the bone starts to shrink, the fit of the dentures changes, which can cause problems with eating, speaking, and confidence.

At our Oxfordshire dental practice we offer the option of stabilising your dentures using dental implants. This will involve the placement of two to four dental implants per jaw, on to which dentures (sometimes called implant overdentures) are then attached. This will restore much of the functionality of natural teeth, meaning that you can eat a healthy diet once more.

If you have been turned away for implant treatment by your own dentist because of a lack of bone density, you should contact our Oxfordshire clinic for a second option. In most cases, our skilled implant surgeons will be able to rebuild the levels of your jaw bone using either a bone graft or a sinus lift, restoring it to suitable levels to support dental implants.

At our Oxfordshire dental clinic we usually use donor bone from elsewhere in your body for bone grafting procedures. Sinus lifts are suitable for some patients with low bone density in the upper jaw bone, and involves packing the sinus cavity with bone graft material.

Once your bone graft has healed, you can have dental implants as normal. An alternative to dentures for full-arch restoration is to have a fixed bridge, which will stay in your mouth at all times and offer the best stability.

Between four and eight implants are placed at our Oxfordshire clinic, and a 12-14 tooth bridge is attached.