Dental Implants After Menopause is Possible

May 20, 2022

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Older woman with dental implants smilingMenopause is a milestone in a woman’s life, marking the end of her reproductive years. As the body’s estrogen levels decrease, post-menopausal women are at risk of certain issues, like low bone density. Since dental implants rely on a strong jaw, many women believe they aren’t an option for replacing their missing teeth, but this couldn’t be further from the truth. It isn’t uncommon for both men and women to experience bone loss, but that doesn’t mean dental implants aren’t an option. Your dentist can create a strong foundation to replace your lost teeth using the next best thing to your own. 

Why Does Bone Density Matter?

A dental implant is unlike any other treatment for tooth loss because it recreates both the root and crown. The procedure is successful after the bone integrates with the posts through a process called osseointegration. Once the bone has fused with the post, it can stay in place forever with the right care. 

A weak, unhealthy jawbone will ultimately lead to dental implant failure, which is why your dentist will review a CT scan of your mouth during your consultation. If they find you’ve experienced bone loss, you’ll need an additional step in your treatment plan. Although it may take a few more weeks to reach your goals, it’s time well-spent to ensure your investment lasts for decades.

Strengthen Your Jaw with Bone Grafting

It’s not unusual for patients interested in dental implants to require bone grafting. The surgical procedure takes bone from another area of your body or a donor to strengthen areas of the jaw. This restores the bone, providing sufficient support for dental implants. 

If your implant dentist recommends bone grafting, don’t be alarmed. Besides menopause, bone loss is a common complication of tooth loss. Your jaw deteriorates slowly when it isn’t being stimulated by roots. A single missing tooth can cause you to lose up to 25% of your jaw’s density within the first year, which will continue as time goes on. 

Your dentist can reverse the complications of bone loss caused by missing teeth and menopause. They’ll create the personalized strategy you need to achieve your best smile. You can benefit from a nearly perfect replica of your natural teeth to restore a youthful, vibrant appearance.

Replace Your Missing Teeth Today

Age is just a number when it comes to dental implants. You can look and feel your best as you enjoy your retirement years by completing your smile. Treat yourself to a full, functional smile to mark the beginning of a new stage in your life.

About Dr. Randall NamethDr. Nameth earned his dental degree from the Ohio State University and regularly completes over 40 hours of continuing education annually. He has the training and qualifications you can trust for complex oral health issues. If you’ve lost bone density, Dr. Nameth can help. Contact our office today to request your consultation for dental implants.

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