What Causes Bone Loss?

Strong, healthy bone is an important prerequisite for determining whether or not you’re a candidate for dental implants. Philadelphia implant dentist Dr. Lindsey Marshall will examine the bones supporting your mouth to assess your suitability for dental implants or other cosmetic dentistry procedures.

Many different factors can compromise the strength and stability of bone within the body. Some of the causes of bone loss in the mouth include :

  • Aging
  • Trauma
  • Gum disease
  • Gaps left in the mouth by lost or removed teeth, causing the face to sag as it conforms to the empty space
  • Enlarged sinuses
  • Osteoporosis (or osteopenia, an early indicator of osteoporosis)
  • Calcium, phosphate, vitamin D and other nutritional deficiencies

The presence of any one of these conditions could pose a risk to your oral health. However, the presence of bone loss doesn’t necessarily disqualify you from getting a dental implant.

There are alternative treatments for patients who want a permanent replacement for one or more missing teeth, as well as the tooth roots, but lack strong enough bone tissue for the traditional procedure. These options include :

  • Plate form implants: A long, thin metal apparatus implanted in the jawbone along its entire length, rather than just the site of the implant; also known as a blade implant
  • Subperiosteal implants: Similar to the plate form implant but placed underneath the gum tissue and on top of the jawbone, avoiding absorption into the bone tissue

During your initial consultation, Dr. Marshall will conduct a full examination of your teeth, gums and jawbone to assess your candidacy for implant dentistry and recommend options to restore your smile while taking into account the unique characteristics of your mouth.

To find out more about how our Philadelphia implant dentist can help revitalize your teeth, please contact Dr. Lindsey Marshall or call (610) 649-0696 today to schedule a consultation.

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