May is Osteoporosis Awareness month! Dr. Gayle Bradshaw wants to bring awareness to osteoporosis and how those who have this brittle, frail bone condition can still be candidates for dental implants in The Woodlands, TX. In order to replace missing teeth with dental implants, you must have sufficient jaw bone health to support the implant. Dr. Bradshaw answers many common questions those with osteoporosis have when it comes to dental implants.

Q: Who is most at risk of developing osteoporosis?
A: Osteoporosis can affect men and women of all races, however post-menopausal white and Asian women are at the highest risk. 

Q: How does osteoporosis affect my oral health?
A: Patients with osteoporosis are three times more likely to experience tooth loss or loose teeth. Additionally, those without teeth already may have problems with loose or improper fitting dentures. 

Q: How does osteoporosis relate to dental implants?
A: Since dental implants require a biocompatible titanium post be placed into the jaw bone, patients need to have adequate bone volume to support the implant. Those with osteoporosis affecting the jaw are likely to not have the adequate volume. 

Q: How can I restore lost jaw bone volume?
A: Dr. Bradshaw is a periodontist experienced in restoring jaw bone health through bone grafting treatments. This treatment can add bone material to areas where it has receded, creating a stable and dense location ideal for dental implants. 

Q: Will dental implants still be viable after I become a candidate?

A: For the most part, yes! Research has found that those with adequate jaw bone volume and a healthy lifestyle show a 95 percent success rate for dental implants.

If you have been diagnosed with osteoporosis and are seeking dental implants in The Woodlands, TX, Dr. Bradshaw can conduct a thorough evaluation of your jaw bone health to determine if you are a candidate. We are likely able to provide you with the bone grafting treatment you need to replace your missing teeth with dental implants and get back to living life to the fullest. Contact us and schedule your appointment today!