Do I Have Enough Jawbone for Dental Implants?
Dental Implants in South Ogden, UT
Do I Have Enough Jawbone for Dental Implants
To determine if you have enough jawbone for a dental implant, our oral surgeons would ask you to undergo several examinations consisting of x-rays and other tests. The information from these tests is then used to generate a panoramic 3D image of your mouth. This reveals useful data about your mouth in regard to the upper and lower teeth, nerve positioning, and sinuses.
Oral surgeons use this information to make an educated guess about whether you’re ready for a dental implant or not. Patients who are deemed to not have an adequate bone mass for implant dentures may be asked to undergo bone graft surgery. In some cases, the patient may opt for mini dental implants instead. Mini implants are smaller versions of regular dental implants that have the thickness of a toothpick. They allow for quicker healing times since less bone is used. However, mini implants do not provide a high enough maximal bite force and are a lot more unstable. This means patients must be careful when chewing foods so as not to accidentally misplace their mini implants.