Bone loss occurs through out the life of a dental implant no matter what we do to it (eg. platform switching, nano surface technology). This is more so if the implant has been in the mouth for over 10- 15 years. Disease processes will exacerbate the rate of bone loss. Bone around an implant does not remodel in the same way as a natural tooth and cannot response in a way that a tooth does. The presence of periodontal ligament is vital to the long term maintenance of the bony ridge. How do we incorporate these factors into our long term treatment planning? Please leave your comments below.
Bone Loss over the Life of a Dental Implant: Open Discussion