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Guided Tissue Regeneration - GTR
Bone Density
Basics of Bone Grafts
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Implant Procedure Description
Causes of Failure
Denture Partials cause Bone Loss
Implants without Grafting
Advanced Chin - Ramus Block Grafts
No Bone Left?
Subperiosteal Alternative
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Tunnel Grafts: Regrowing NEW Gum Tissue
Autogenous Bone Harvesting
The Importance of Bone Grafts
Jawbone Graft - The Procedure
Pictures: Graft Results

  • Severe jaw bone loss over 20 years: I have been wearing dentures that has caused severe bone loss in my lower jaw. There is practically none. Where do I find the medical staff to do grafting and special imaging in the Boston area? ... Visitor from MA     (answer)

  • Bone Loss: I'm 60 years old. My Dentist says I have some bone loss that should be fixed before he fixes my cavities. What if I don't fix the bone loss? Does it take a long time for the teeth to become loose? ... Visitor from OH     (answer)

  • I have lupus, and my dentist just told me that due to my illness I've lost bone and he might have to remove my last tooth. Is there a way to add bone instead of removing teeth? If so, who do I reach out to? ... Visitor from Bronx     (answer)

  • In 1980 I had to have a staple on my lower jaw. Well, now the screws are exposed and my gums are almost gone. I can not find any one here in Cartersville that can fix it. I did have a new set of dentures made about 7 years ago, but that dentist has since moved. Can you advise? ... Visitor from Cartersville     (answer)

  • What is it called when you have an indentation on your middle of the mouth lower gums that prevents you from wearing dentures? ... Visitor from Cheyenne     (answer)

  • I have some bone loss and receding gums and my orthodonist says I can go ahead with Invisalign. I am afraid that my teeth will become too loose. I have gaps. I have been going to the dentist regularly every 6 months for 8 years and will now be going every 4 months for cleaning. I would really like a second opinion. ... Visitor from TX     (answer)

  • Are there any options for a 90 yr old woman who quit wearing her dentures long ago and now has very little to no bone left? ... Visitor from OK     (answer)

  • Bone loss caused by partial: I have a lower right side partial that I have been wearing for over 7 yrs. It has never replaced. Now I have the problem of the bone structure being thinner and is actually "bent." I would like to know if I can get bone recontruction done? I feel hopeless. I do not have good teeth.. just great health. I am 51 years old, female. ... Visitor from FL     (answer)

  • I believe I have significant bone loss in the front lower jaw only. I have a fixed retainer that I had difficulty keeping clean. Do teeth need to be pulled with significant bone loss (around 70-80%? Can I keep them in if they are still splinted? They tip forward (which happened after braces were removed, but they may have tipped farther). I'm terrified of losing my teeth and don't want to end up in dentures. Any advice would be much appreciated. ... Visitor from OH     (answer)

  • No bone in middle of lower jaw: I had a lower denture put in two years ago but it doesn't fit right due to no bone in the middle of my lower jaw. Bone had been removed several years prior to lower denture but had no problem with a partial until it broke. Can I get dental implants? ... Visitor from FL     (answer)

  • Bone density loss: I am only in my 30s', and I am experiencing a frightening level of bone density loss. I will fess up: I was awful about caring for my teeth for years. I didn't floss and brushed only once a day. The lack of care caught up with me. I have had two root scalings in the past year, and, despite doing what my dental hygeinist has recommended, I feel as though more pockets are forming. Could the loss of bone in my jaw be related to a medical problem and not just a result of bad hygiene? Should I consult my physician? ... Visitor from TX     (answer)

  • My husband has recently been diagnosed with significant bone loss. The Oral Surgeon has reccommended pulling all of his teeth. My husband says that he is not experiancing any pain with his teeth the way they are and does not want to to to the "torture" and expense of having all his teeth replaced. My question is what would the long term effects be of not replacing his teeth now? Will pulling his teeth stop the bone loss? ... Visitor from OR     (answer)

  • I have had a bridge in the front upper for like 25 years. It covers four missing teeth and is secured on two teeth on each side, 8 unit bridge. There is a big gap between the bridge and gumline, a quarter inch easily from bone loss. Is it possible to have a bone graft to bring the gum line back where it should be and then have implants done? I don't want extra big looking teeth after its all done. ... Visitor from NY     (answer)

  • I have been told I have bone loss on the back side of tooth #11. There is no gum disease and a periodontist just did a surgery to determine if the tooth has a fracture. It doesn't. Both he and my general dentist seem mystified. The only thing they did was try and adjust my bite, thinking I may be hitting the tooth while biting or I may be grinding my teeth. I am not aware of grinding. I will lose the tooth if the bone loss continues. It is an anchor for a bridge. If they don't know what's wrong, they can't help me. Do you have any ideas? ... Visitor from MI     (answer)

  • Implants for diabetics: I am a diabetic and was once told that I had lost too much bone tissue to be a candidate for implants. I have upper and lower dentures. Would it be more of a problem for the lower or both upper and lower? ... Visitor from VA     (answer)

  • Bone loss - lower denture: I have been told by a local dentist that my lower denture cannot be relined because of too much bone loss. What are my alternatives? My bottom denture just floats in my mouth without a lot of adhesive ... Visitor from WI     (answer)

  • Bone Loss / Gum Recession in Dementia Patient: My dad, who is 92 has severe gum recession bone loss and has dentures that no longer stay in his mouth. To add to this problem, he has dementia. Is there anything that can be done to make dentures that will stay? Adhesives don't work. ... Visitor from FL     (answer)

  • Dental Implant Removal and Repair causes Bone Loss: I had 4 implants to replace my top incisors. They were placed in the wrong position not allowing individual implant placement. I had the surgeon remove them and had them placed in the correct position. Now my top gumline is far above my canine teeth gumline. The surgeon says no bone was lost on the removal and bone cannot be added for height only width. Is there any way to get a more natural gumline inline with my eye teeth? ... Visitor from Nova Scotia     (answer)

  • Bone loss/loose teeth: My bone loss is hereditary - I have no infection and see a dentist regularly. How does oral bone replacement work? Do the loose teeth stabilize with this procedure? ... Visitor from TX     (answer)

  • Braces for 40% Bone Loss and Splayed Teeth? I am desparate to have a nice smile. I have a large gap between my front teeth which is highly embarrassing and I won't smile without placing my hand over my mouth. I never smile for photographs and I can't look at people as the first thing that enters my head is 'are they staring at my teeth'. I've always had a gap but this has splayed even bigger over the years due to periodontitis and my dentist says I have approximately 40% bone loss in areas. I have had treatment to halt this problem and keep my mouth scrupulously clean. Can I have braces fitted? I've been advised of the Damon system self ligating braces. Could I ever be a candidate? ... Visitor from London UK     (answer)

  • I have worn dentures since I was 18 yrs old now I'm 65. I have no bone except a very narrow bone left on the bottom and not much more on the top. The last dentures that were made for me were flat on the bottom and I cant't keep them in my mouth. What is the answer for this type of problem? ... Visitor from OK     (answer)

  • Loss of bone and or cartlidge in gums: I have a question for my father. He has had dentures for years and has always done well until now. There is nothing left of his bottom gum. The gum is there, but he can wiggle it back and forth. There is no bone or cartlidge in the bottom gum. He is unable to wear his bottom dentures and when he puts them in to eat, it causes pain. I know it isn't normal to be able to move your gums back and forth, but I don't know if this has a name and I can't find any information about it. I will appreciate any advice that you can give me so that I can pass it on. His age is 57. ... Visitor from MO     (answer)

  • Mandible bone Loss: I have just been told I have significant bone loss in my mandible. Is mandibular loss related to osteoporosis? I have Multiple Sclerosis. Could medications or the autoimmune disease worsen bone loss? Bone loss has never been reported on annual oral x-rays. ... Visitor from GA     (answer)

  • Graft for 60% Loss of bone for dentures? I have had dentures for 3 years, they have never fit properly. I have 60% bone loss (upper). I was wondering if I would have a bone graft if my dentures would fit better? ... Visitor from FL     (answer)

  • Bone Grafts to replace boneloss to prevent extractions: I am 48 years old and have been advised that all my upper teeth need to be extracted due to gum disease and bone loss. I have 50%+ bone loss in my canine teeth. I will be going for a total consultation of my options in a couple of weeks. Right now they are suggesting dentures supported with dental implants for my entire upper mouth. My pockets are 8-10 deep. Are bone grafts ever done to actually save teeth rather than only used as support for dental implants? Or am I living a pipe dream and this is the only solution for me because of my advanced disease? I really would like to save my own teeth, but want to be realistic. ... Visitor from OH     (answer)

  • Horizontal Boneloss: I am 45 (female) with periodontal disease. I had gum surgery 2 years ago and basically my gums are good except the bottom 4 teeth in the front. The gum recession is so bad that triangular gaps are formed between teeth. I feel minor soreness and one of those teeth is even wiggling a little when I bite. I saw a periodontist and asked him if I should do the GTR - Guided Tissue Regeneration procedure. Surprisingly he said I do not have to do anything. He said he cannot do the GTR for me because the bone loss with those 4 teeth is "horizontal" so he cannot do the bone graft. He suggested me to do gum grafting instead. Is it true that GTR is not possible if the bone loss is horizontal? ... Visitor from NY     (answer)

  • Bone Loss and Shrinking Mouth: I have been told I do not have enough bone to support an implant post. My lowers do not stay in place at all. Is there some other way to deal with this? I was told even new dentures will not stay if there is nothing to grasp on to. Second, I am starting to look shrunken in the mouth area. Will the denture help lift the area? It is almost like I am not wearing dentures. ... Visitor from FL     (answer)

  • Bone and gum loss after implant: I had an implant in my front tooth to handle an absorbed tooth. The implant failed and the second dentist put in a life core inmplant there was significant bone loss and gum loss. Now, at age 47 female (one year later) I had a 3rd doctor put in a bone graft with BMP material and an inplant now properly placed. The gum is not healing around the tooth and there is a hole in my gum. I had breast cancer with chemo 2 years ago, maybe that's why the gums are not healing. What can I do now? I want perfect gums and teeth ... Visitor from CA     (answer)

  • Lower gum and bone loss: I have had dentures for 37 years (I am 57) and my lower ridge is almost gone. I have aged rapidly due to the loss of bone and wanted to know if there is a reconstructive surgery or bone replacement type surgery to restore your lower bone/gum loss? My mouth is disappearing and my jaw is too. ... Visitor from CA     (answer)

  • Bone Density: My dentist said that my bone density is very low and that I need to have several extractions at the back of my mouth. Is this a reasonable approach - are there other options available? ... Visitor from Canada     (answer)

  • Lower jaw bone worn down: I'm currently wearing upper and lower dentures and my lower gums have worn down to hardly any bone. My dentist, after xrays said that there is nothing he could do. Do I have any options being I am a 69 year old male with many, many health issues? ... Visitor from MD     (answer)

  • Resorption of Jaw Bone and Osteoporosis: My mother has been diagnosed with resorption of the jaw bone and was advised to have the tooth extracted and an implant substituted. Osteoporosis runs in our family. Is there a link between the two conditions and is there something she should specifically watch for? ... Visitor from TX     (answer)

  • I am 48 years old and recently had extractions and bone grafting in an attempt to build enough bone for implants. There was infection present at the roots and my gums have receded but I never had an issue with pockets; I floss 3 times per day. While the grafts did take, there is still not enough height for implants. Given how significant my bone loss is, I've been advised to remove all of my teeth, which are in good condition, in order to save the bone that I do have. Is it true that keeping my own teeth, if there is infection at the roots, will decrease my chances for implants if I wait until I have discomfort or severe mobility in the remaining teeth? ... Visitor from NH     (answer)

  • Loss of bone - dental implants: I lost my two front teeth and had a bridge. 10 years later I got two front teeth implants but there was lots of bone and gum loss, giving me a whistle through speach. 2 years ago I had a third front implant placed and that seemed to make my speach much worse in terms of whistling. Is there anyway of building up bone and gum around these implanted teeth? I will try anything because they are ruining my confidence. I am willing to travel anywhere to have this problem addressed. I have been told about stem cells injections. I have no idea if that is true, but will try anything.. ... Visitor from NY     (answer)

  • My upper dentures are 30 yrs old. I have total bone loss there. I have 6 lower teeth that are wore down at least half way. Please advise me what I should do ... Visitor from MI     (answer)

  • Jawbone infection: One year ago I had top molars removed, teeth were bad, wanted to avoid infections. Now I have an infected jaw bone. I have stage IV breast cancer, metastisized in bones. A biopsy was done on the jawbone and was found to be tumor free but infected bone. I have been on Zometa for 2 1/2 yrs. I am worried of dead jaw from the meds. Also had bad sinus infection on same side, full of puss, surgically drained, but the doctor doesn't think the sinus caused the jaw situation. I have never had sinus issues in the past. I have been to several doctors that are passing the buck on how to treat...mouth very sore, open lesion to bone, seeping with infection, been on several antibiotics with no relief. ... Visitor from PA     (answer)

  • Too Late for Jawbone Graft?: I am almost 60 with a full upper denture since age 17. I am on my 3rd plate and the last one was dramatically altered due to significant bone loss after several years of oral steriods for asthma. Even with diligence I have lost more and am wondering if I am too late to have an implant for the upper plate. I am experiencing more pain with the denture whereas in the past I seldom had an issue. I worry that I have so little upper bone to have a denture stay in place. ... Visitor from TX     (answer)

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