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Extensive Bone Loss May Prohibit Dental Implants

Extensive Bone Loss May Prohibit Dental Implants

Posted on: 24 Jun 2013

Whenever a tooth is lost or extracted a considerable amount of the bone that once surrounded the remaining root portion may disappear. This loss can be particularly rapid during the first few months and is described as ‘bone resorption’. Although the rate and amount of bone resorption is highly variable between individuals, it will always occur to some extent, unless specific care is taken to reduce its effects. Sometimes, the simplest measure to minimise bone loss after an extraction is to place the implant immediately or within the first few weeks.


 Dentures – 'The poor man's alternative' was what one dentist remarked at a symposium once, not very flattering, perhaps the opposite is more true, dental implants are the rich man's choice. However, no more than 2 generations ago everybody who lost their teeth were supplied with dentures and Then the poor man's choice was to go bare-back, unthinkable in the developed World.                            

 However, in South Africa I once had an amazing encounter, I saw an old man who could not remember how far back he had lost his last tooth, chew nuts and dried meat, called biltong, with greater ease than I with my own teeth, I still cut the biltong in small pieces before enjoying the delicacy.

 Many patients report that after a while their dentures become progressively looser and do not fit as well as they once did which is caused by the loss of supporting bone in the gums. Initially the increased rate of bone loss following extractions is responsible for the observed deterioration of denture fit. Over the long-term it is the direct effect of chewing forces that causes slow resorption of supporting bone. Most people who have had dentures for many years will have needed reline procedures to compensate for this bone loss. Therefore the longer the dentures are worn, the more the amount of bone available for dental implants may be reduced. With the advances in implant technology it is really not necessary to suffer life long discomfort with dentures, but you have to decide as quickly as possible after extraction to have dental implants fitted, if possible without first opting for dentures, the time factor and bone loss are critically connected, whether you do the dental implants abroad or locally.


 This is one of the most important features, rather benefits for getting dental implants, whether you opt to get the dental implants in Budapest or London is immaterial. Once in place and supporting the new teeth, everyday functional forces stimulate the surrounding bone which responds by becoming stronger and more dense. Like all things there are limits to how much work an implant can do. Your treatment provider will be able to discuss this in more detail as it relates to your case. Bear in mind, when you go for dentistry abroad, you will qualify for low cost dental implants.

 Bruxism- an adaptation of bruxing an expression indicating what people do who have a habit of clenching or grinding their teeth, they may be at risk of overloading their implants. For most people bruxism occurs during sleep, which is why they are generally not aware of it. Heavily worn or flattened teeth, chipped enamel edges and/or regularly breaking pieces of heavily filled teeth are the most common clinical signs of bruxism. The effects of bruxism need to be considered during treatment planning and can be compensated for by placing additional implants, selecting appropriate restorative materials and providing a night time bite guard to protect the new teeth.Sleep soundly, there is an answer for every dental problem.


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