Dental Implants and Bone Grafting
By Frank Avason, DMD on December 10, 2018
Dental implants are small titanium posts that support crowns, bridges, and dentures. They are surgically inserted into the jawbone, and the implant fuses with the bone over time. This gives an unparalleled level of stability and support to the attached artificial tooth or teeth.
To receive dental implants, patients need enough jawbone mass to anchor the implant post. Some patients have insufficient jawbone density, especially if they have been missing teeth for a while.
Fortunately, a bone graft can fortify your jaw and prepare you for dental implants. Dr. Frank Avason III provides important information on dental implants and bone grafting. Read on to learn more about this effective procedure, and then contact Avason Family Dentistry in Denver, NC to schedule an appointment with us.
Jawbone Loss and Dental Implants
You tooth roots stimulate the adjacent jawbone structure, bringing vital nutrients to the area. When you are missing a tooth or multiple teeth for an extended period of time, the lack of tooth root stimulation can affect your jawbone.
The lack of stimulation will cause the bone to breakdown. If the jawbone has deteriorated enough, it can make you ineligible to receive dental implants.
What Is a Bone Grafting Procedure?
Patients with poor jawbone deficiency can undergo a bone grafting procedure to make them eligible for dental implants. A bone grafting procedure supplements your jawbone by adding jawbone material to the deficient area.
During bone grafting surgery, an oral surgeon has two general material options to rebuild your jawbone:
- Artificial bone material: This artificial hard tissue easily bonds with your natural bone structure.
- Donor bone from the patient: This involves taking bone from one part of the body and then placing it into the area of the jaw that needs additional strength and density.
Recovering from Bone Grafting
In the early stages of recovery from the bone grafting procedure, patients will be asked to take certain precautions, such as eating soft foods.
Bruising, swelling, and discomfort around the graft area typically resolves within the first week.
After your initial healing is complete, you will visit your oral surgeon for a check-up. At this time, you and your doctor can discuss when you can receive dental implants.
Generally speaking, most patients will need about four to six months to heal from bone grafting before undergoing dental implant placement.
Receiving Dental Implants
When your jawbone is sufficiently healed, you will undergo another procedure to have your dental implants placed. At this time, your surgeon will make a small incision at the gum line and drill into your jawbone.
Your dental implant will be threaded through this small hole and the gums stitched together.
Over the coming months, the implant will fuse with the jawbone. Once this process is complete, the implant will be topped with your permanent dental restoration.
Learn if Bone Grafting Can Help You
For more information about bone grafting surgery and how it can help you become eligible for dental implants, reach out to us today. You can speak to a team member by calling us at (704) 820-9797, or fill out our online form.
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