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Dental Implants Ask The Dentist Ira Koeppel Question:
Can you wait too long to get an implant?: I have a gap where I lost a tooth about 10 years ago.

If it has been that long, can you still get an implant? I have heard that the jaw bone will deteriorate and cannot support an implant after such a long period.

I have been told that you can get a bone graft but there is a high likelihood that the graft will not work.

Since this is a relatively expensive procedure, I was wondering if the bone graft and implant are worth the risk as opposed to getting a bridge or some other type of corrective surgery? ...Visitor from GA

If there is still enough room, you could definitely get a implant in.

You need at least 5mm of space and bone in the area. If there is not enough bone in the area you could get a bone graft, these usually take with no problems.

Seek a dentist with an i-Cat or Galileos Cone Beam Scanner CatScan machine, they are very well trained in getting you what you want, success. 3-D imaging technology works well for determing the need for, locating and accurately providing bone graft surgery.

I usually always suggest a implant over a bridge, however if budget is a consideration, a bridge is a less expensive.

Ira D. Koeppel, D.D.S.
New York Reconstructive Dentistry
126 Gnarled Hollow Road
East Setauket Long Island, NY 11733
(631) 689-9777

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