You’ve been facing tooth loss for a while now for a condition that goes beyond your control. Over the years, you’ve developed osteoporosis. Not only has this bone condition affected how you live your day to day life, but it’s also decreasing your jawbone density and increasing your chances of losing your teeth.
To better your oral and overall health, your dentist may recommend dental implants. You may be concerned because you could possibly not be the best candidate for dental implants because of your bone loss, but your dentist is here to help you repair your smile at all costs.
How Do I Know If Dental Implants Are an Option?
One of the best ways to control osteoporosis is to address and limit the further effects of the disease. This means visiting your local doctor to prescribe the proper medications, maintain a healthy diet, and make sure to be active and live a healthy lifestyle.
Another part of maintaining this condition is to visit your dentist to evaluate how osteoporosis is affecting the mouth. Your dentist may recommend dental implants to promote better stability for your smile.
A few things your dentist may consider before placing dental implants include:
Your overall oral health
A critical factor in the failure of dental implants is gum disease, especially when it has reached its advanced form: periodontal disease. Your health is already compromised with osteoporosis, so it becomes extra important to steer clear of gum disease.
The density of your jawbone.
One of the main things your dentist may elaborate on is your jawbone’s density. It needs to have enough strength and stability to maintain your dental implant placement.
The medications you’re taking.
Whether the medications you’re taking are for osteoporosis or another condition, they need to be mentioned to your dentist. Bisphosphonates have been known to keep the body from reabsorbing tissue, affecting your body’s ability to heal after implant placement.
Dental Implants Can Help
Although osteoporosis can cause the jawbone to become weaker and brittle and the medications you take can contradict the idea that dental implants can be successful, this isn’t always true. Your dentist may be able to help you achieve a healthy, stable smile with a bone grafting procedure to rebuild the structure of your jawbone.
Sometimes, this isn’t even necessary. If you live a healthy lifestyle and are committed to excellent oral health, your dental implant placement can be successful and last years to come. In fact, successful dental implants promote a healthier, stronger jawbone by exercising it with realistic tooth replacements from root to crown.
Feel free to ask your dentist for more information about how dental implants could be the right option for you, even if you have a bone disease.
About Our Office
Here at Sleep Dentists, we believe everyone deserves to have a stable, healthy smile that can help them enjoy a high quality of life. Dental implants a provide replacement teeth that look natural and feel secure. Contact us today to schedule your dental implant consultation.