Dental implants offer remarkable benefits in terms of long-term stability. However, just like your house, dental implants are only as stable as its foundation underneath. The foundation of a dental implant is found in the jawbone. Therefore, there must be enough density and height in the bone to fully envelope an implant post and anchor the prosthetic tooth root into the jaw. Adequate bone structure is a leading criteria of getting dental implants.
While there are many reasons why patients lose bone in their jaw, a bone grafting procedure can be a solution. Bone grafting can repair and rebuild the damaged or lost bone needed to support a dental implant. This can involve artificial or donor bone or partial bone that is taken from the patient’s hip or another area in the jaw. It is a straightforward procedure with a high success rate! Depending on the amount of bone needed, it may even be possible to complete the bone graft at the same time as placing your implant. Otherwise, you may have to wait extra time for the grafting site to heal before your implant surgery.
Bone grafting may be suggested by your implant dentist if you do not have sufficient bone due to the following reasons:
- Tooth Loss – Once a tooth is lost, 25% of bone width is reduced within the first year! If left alone, the bone will continue to resorb and be unable to support a dental implant.
- Gum Disease – Periodontal disease that goes untreated can destroy the underlying bone. The bacteria can slowly eat away at the jawbone and periodontal ligament, which often results in tooth loss.
- Dental Trauma – An accidental injury or trauma can result in a knocked out tooth and/or bone damage within your jaw. However, the jaw can also suffer damage and weakening over time due to a persistent teeth grinding habit. The constant pressure and strain can easily lead to fractured teeth and jaw deterioration.
At Ora Dental Implant Studio, bone grafting and bone defect repair are procedures we specialize in. Bone grafting can make it possible for patients to have dental implants and take advantage of the most superior treatment for replacing missing teeth. Contact us for more information about dental implants and the surgical procedures that may be necessary to complete the process.
Posted on behalf of Ora Dental Implant Studio
2733 Elk Grove Blvd, Suite 170
Elk Grove, CA 95758