Weak Jawbones And Dental Implants: Find A Solution

Posted on: 9 May 2023

Dental implants work best when the patient has a strong jawbone. The post of the implant should be inserted into a stable surface for maximum durability. However, jawbones may weaken due to aging, medical conditions, and more. The good news is that for those who want dental implants but have weak jawbones, there are several options available.

Bone grafting: Bone grafting can be done to strengthen the jawbone before the dental implant procedure. This involves taking bone from another part of the body or using synthetic bone material to build up the jawbone. The bone graft will need time to heal and integrate with the natural bone before the implant can be placed.

Sinus lift: A sinus lift is a type of bone grafting that is done to increase the amount of bone in the upper jaw. This involves lifting the sinus membrane and placing bone graft material underneath it to build up the jawbone.

Mini implants: Mini implants are a smaller version of traditional dental implants. They are used for patients who have less bone density or who are unable to undergo bone grafting. Mini implants require less bone and are less invasive, making them a good option for some patients.

Mini implants consist of a titanium screw that is inserted into the jawbone. The screw is smaller in diameter than a traditional implant. Mini implants typically have a ball-shaped head that protrudes above the gum line, which serves as an attachment point for a dental crown or bridge. Mini implants can be placed in a single appointment and require minimal recovery time. They are less invasive than traditional implants and can often be placed without the need for sutures or cutting of the gum tissue. 

All-on-4 implants: All-on-4 implants are a type of dental implant procedure that allows for a full arch of teeth to be supported by just four implants. This procedure can be a good option for patients with weaker jawbones, as it requires less bone density and is less invasive than traditional implant procedures.

Zygomatic implants: Zygomatic implants are a type of implant that is anchored in the cheekbone rather than the jawbone. This can be a good option for patients with severely weakened jawbones who are not candidates for bone grafting.

It is important to discuss all the available options with your dentist to determine the best course of treatment that is right for you. For more information on dental implant treatment, contact a professional near you.