If teeth are missing for a long time, bone loss in the jaw is common. It is the body's normal response to tooth loss, infection, gum disease or other trauma.
For dental implants to work, there must be enough bone in the jaw, which is compact enough to hold and support the implant. If this is not the case, you may need additional treatment at your dentist before starting your implant treatment, such as bone augmentation, bone grafting or other oral surgery.
In your initial evaluation by your dentist we will determine the amount and quality of bone that is available. This evaluation is done through clinical examination, palpation of the bone ridge and with advanced radiographic techniques.