Bone loss in the jaw is a potentially life-altering condition that can be brought on by many factors. These factors include neglecting dentist visits, irregular brushing, and osteoporosis. Fortunately, there are treatment options available if your jaw is experiencing bone loss. It’s important to research these treatment options, especially if you have been considering dental implants. 
In this article, Dr. Sam Shin, a leading dentist in North Vancouver, will share his experience with dental implants and bone loss. Dr. Shin has over 25 years of experience with dental and oral surgeries in Korea and Canada. He is now the head dentist at Smile Well Dental.
Dental Implants and Bone Loss
Dental implants are now the best way to replace missing teeth because the technique replaces the tooth in a way that is as close to natural as possible. 
The jawbone provides the base for the dental implant, which is essentially a metal post supplying the anchor point for the new tooth. The posts are a replacement for the missing root, so there needs to be enough bone around the implant to create a stable base. 
If you suffer from bone loss, there are certain steps required by the dental surgeon to prepare your jawbone for dental implants.
Dealing with Bone Loss
The dentist will first examine your jaw to determine if you are a suitable candidate for a dental implant. The good news is that most people will be able to have their missing teeth replaced using this method. “Even if there has been significant bone loss, a dentist has several techniques he can turn to for rebuilding the jawbone base,” says Dr. Shin.
Option 1: Sinus Lifts
Sinus lifts involve the dental surgeon lifting the sinus membrane away from the gum by way of small incisions. With the membrane pulled away, the dentist adds bone dust to the area to increase its volume and provide enough of a base to insert a dental implant.
Option 2: Bone Grafts
A bone graft is like a sinus lift but is a little more involved. In these procedures, the dental surgeon will extract bone from a part of your body and use this to build up the jawbone to a suitable level for an implant. Other sources of bone material are often used, such as bone material from cadavers or animals. 
Bone grafting and sinus lifts are two dental terms that sound very severe. In reality, they are common procedures that open the possibility for more people to enjoy the benefits of dental implants. 
In most cases, the amount of bone grafting needed will be minor and will not require major surgery to complete. IV sedation ensures that the procedure is pain-free and as comfortable as possible. 
Dental Implants and Osteoporosis
Dental implants work because of osseointegration, the process of your jaw bone fusing with the implant. Since patients with osteoporosis experience a decrease in bone density and strength, many fear that dental implants are not viable. According to statistics, osteoporosis affects more than 50-million people in the U.S. Furthermore, it affects all bones in the body including the hips, spine, wrists, and the jawbone. 
Fortunately, research shows that osteoporosis does not significantly reduce the probability of a successful implant procedure.  
“If you are considering dental implants and worried about bone loss, your first step is to consult with a dental surgeon,” says Dr. Shin. “A thorough examination will be necessary, but the latest advances mean there is a good chance the prognosis will be in your favor.”