As people age, the average number of people with full tooth loss increases. According to the American College of Prosthodontists (ACP), at least 30% of American adults over the age of 65 have no teeth left in their mouths. While current dental technology allows anyone past puberty to have implant-supported dental implants, this tends to be a problem with more mature adults. Unfortunately, the problem stems from a natural phenomenon called “bone resorption.”
Is Bone Resorption Good Or Bad?
Bone resorption occurs when the body believes that a specific bone tissue in a certain area of the body has become useless. It absorbs the bone tissue to make use of the minerals it is made from. This includes calcium, among others, which are then used to strengthen the bones in other areas of the body. While this natural process helped people survive better in the past, it is bad news for anyone who wants to get dental implants on their mouths.
At the tip of the jawbones lies an area called the alveolar ridge. This is a socket-like area that holds the teeth in place. It provides an outward push, keeping the teeth from falling between the gums. When the body realizes that the alveolar ridge is no longer pushing any teeth, it begins bone resorption in this area, effectively absorbing the ridge back into the body. This then becomes a big problem for us because we need the alveolar ridge to support the posts for your dental implants.
Grafting For Dental Implants
However, we do have a solution for patients who have sustained bone resorption after tooth loss. In our office, we use a variety of grafting techniques to add a new bony layer over your jawbones. This allows us to place an implant and give you a fresh, bright smile with a new set of prosthetic teeth. To learn more about this process, please do not hesitate to contact our office today.