Bone Loss And Dental Implants

Acting quickly after tooth loss can aid a successful dental implant placement.

We recently received a question from a Downham patient asking when is the best time to place a dental implant.

In their particular case, the tooth had been missing for some time which can mean that there is insufficient bone into which to place the implant without the need for a prior bone graft procedure.

In today’s blog, we look at why it helps to avoid delay when replacing a missing tooth and the advantages of speedy dental implant placement.

Bone loss

One of the main benefits (apart from aesthetics and function) for replacing a missing tooth with a dental implant is that the underlying bone structure will largely remain intact i.e. it benefits from the implant being there. If the gap is left for a period of time and the tooth is not replaced, the bone in that area will start to degrade as it no longer has a role to play in supporting a tooth root. The implant avoids this.

By having your new dental implant placed at the Cygnet Dental Practice quite soon after the loss of the tooth, the jawbone in that area is likely to be strong, healthy and of sufficient density to hold the implant in place securely, so avoiding a bone graft procedure.

Tooth movement

A not uncommon side effect of losing a tooth is that the surrounding teeth may start to move. In general, our teeth are supported by the underlying bone structure but once a tooth has been lost, not only might the bone in the area of the surrounding teeth become compromised, but, without adjacent teeth, the others are likely to start encroaching into the space.

As these teeth move, they also start to leave their own spaces into which other teeth can also move. This can be a domino effect and even the loss of a single tooth can result in your teeth looking crooked and uneven. Whilst taking prompt action to replace a missing tooth with a dental implant is advisable; if you have had a tooth missing for some time, this does not necessarily mean that an implant placement is impossible.

Bone deterioration depends on a number of factors including genetics and lifestyle choices, such as smoking. Even where bone degradation has happened, a grafting procedure may be possible to allow the implant placement to go ahead.

If you need a dentist in Downham or Wickford or surrounding areas and are interested in having a dental implant, please call the Cygnet Dental Practice on 01268 733078 to arrange a consultation. Our experienced team will be pleased to discuss all of the options available to you.