How Can I Get Dental Implants if I am Experiencing Bone Loss?

Male Smiling With Mouth Closed OutsideAt Associated Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons in Peoria, our board-certified dental surgeons are highly trained in dental implant placement. In fact, they have made dental implantology a cornerstone of their practice, replacing hundreds of missing teeth for the patients each year.

This natural-looking and durable tooth restoration system is an ideal way to regain full oral function. However, not everyone will immediately qualify for this procedure. If you’re suffering from bone loss, our doctors will need to take additional steps in order to ready your jawbone for dental implants.

How Our Doctors Approach Dental Implants

At Associated Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons, our doctors work to make treatment with dental implants simple and convenient for patients all over Peoria. If you’re interested in learning whether dental implants can replace your damaged or missing teeth, the first thing you should do is schedule an initial consultation with one of our doctors.

During your first appointment, one of our doctors will perform a full oral evaluation and assess your area of concern. This initial exam will include images and x-rays, a discussion about your oral and overall health history, and an opportunity for you to ask any questions you have about the procedure.

They will then work with you to develop a treatment plan to suit your needs and achieve your desired outcome. If one of our doctors finds that you have bone loss in the area to be treated, you will be required to undergo a bone graft prior to the placement of your dental implants.

The Bone Graft Procedure

This procedure is used to restore bone to areas of deficiency in the jaw. By using a bone graft, our doctors are able to create a stable foundation for your dental implant or implants. They will use this pre-surgery if you have damaged or missing teeth where erosion has taken place within the jawbone.

Our doctors have extensive experience in a variety of bone grafting techniques. Which one they choose for your procedure will depend on your needs and oral health history. Most often, the graft will originate from the patient’s own body, or our doctors will use a sterile bone material from an external source.

No matter the technique, they will use the most innovative technology available in order to provide the most comfortable and predictable outcome. These techniques include:

  • 3D imaging, which illustrates areas of bone deficit.
  • Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) to reduce recovery time.
  • Recombinant human BMP-2: a synthetic treatment that mimics a naturally-occurring protein in the body to promote bone formation and health.
  • Piezotome® tools for precise control during sinus bone graft procedures.

Dental Implants Are Still Possible Even if You Are Experiencing Bone Loss

The only way to truly know if you will need to undergo a bone graft before your dental implants procedure is to meet with our doctors at their Peoria implant center for a one-on-one consultation. Their ultimate goals are your safety, comfort, and satisfaction, so you can rest assured that they will develop a plan customized to help you achieve the results you want.

To schedule your first appointment with our doctors, contact us at (309) 682-1213 today!