Menopause is a milestone in a woman’s life that marks the end of her childbearing years. The body undergoes many changes as the reproductive cycle stops, like bone loss. As a result, many women worry they aren’t candidates for dental implants after they’ve reached the next stage in life, but this couldn’t be further from the truth. Here’s how you can complete your smile with dental implants, even after menopause.
Why Does Bone Density Matter?
A dental implant differs from any other prosthetic because it replicates both the root and the crown. A titanium post is surgically placed into the jaw to mimic a root. Your jawbone must be strong enough to support the post. If there isn’t enough density in the jaw, your bone won’t fuse to the post, ultimately leading to dental implant failure.
Bone loss isn’t a rarity for post-menopausal women interested in dental implants. As the body produces less estrogen, it can weaken the bones. Not to mention, if you’ve had missing teeth for several years, your jawbone may be compromised already. Research has found you can lose 25% of your jaw’s density within the first year of a missing tooth because it isn’t being stimulated by the root. Your bone will continue to shrink as more time passes.
Are Dental Implants Possible After Menopause?
Don’t be concerned about bone loss because your dentist has the solution you need. Bone grafting is a surgical procedure that can repair your jaw to provide your dental implants with the support they need. Bone from another area of your body or a donor is grafted onto your jaw to reinforce it.
Your dentist will review a CT scan of your mouth during your consultation to determine if bone grafting is necessary. Although it adds another step to your plan, it’s time well spent to ensure your bone fuses to the posts through a process called osseointegration. With the posts acting as new roots, they’ll preserve your jawbone by stopping future bone loss. After your mouth has healed, your dental implants can last for decades with the right care, like brushing, flossing, and visiting your dentist regularly.
Benefit from a Complete Smile
You can look and feel your best as you enter the next chapter in your life. You will invest in many benefits not possible using other methods, like:
- Over a 95% success rate.
- Lasts for 30 years or longer.
- Looks and feels natural.
- Regain 70% of your biting force.
- Preserves your jawbone.
- Long-term, cost-effective option.
Age is just a number when it comes to dental implants. Menopause doesn’t have to stand in your way of enjoying the next best thing to your real teeth.
About Dr. Larry C. YoungDr. Young earned his dental degree from the Georgetown University School of Dentistry and continued his education at the Pankey Institute. He specialized in fixed prosthodontics. As a member of the Florida Dental Association, the Academy of General Dentistry, and other professional organizations, he has the qualifications you can trust. If you are interested in dental implants, contact our office today to request your consultation.