I am in need of three dental implants. The thing that worries me about this is that I have had a dental bridge since I was in my mid-teens. I am now in my late forties. Where the bridge is I can see some bone loss. Will it be possible for me to get the dental implants I need with this added complication?
I am glad you wrote. While bone loss is a complication, if you are in good general health, there is a solution. You can have bone grafting done. This will help build up the missing bone structure that will be needed in order to help you retain your dental implants. Make sure your dentist does not just x-rays but also a CT scan to get a truly accurate picture of the landscape.
Once the bone grafting is done, you will need to take some healing time. Then, you will be able to get your dental implants. If it will be an oral surgeon instead of your dentist who is doing your dental implant surgery, make certain that it is the dentist who determines the placement of the implants. That means you will need to see the dentist BEFORE you see the oral surgeon.
Other than that, you want to make sure your dentist has experience placing dental implants and that he or she has some post-doctoral training in the procedure.
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