Bone Graft Before Dental Implant Surgery
By Frank Avason, DMD on September 21, 2019
People who are missing a tooth or multiple teeth can benefit from getting dental implants. These artificial tooth roots help anchor dental appliances in place, including full sets of dentures. They offer a hold comparable to natural tooth roots, which means great stability and natural aesthetics.
Some Denver, NC patients interested in dental implants require bone grafting in order to move forward with treatment. Dr. Frank Avason III would like to discuss why bone grafting may be necessary in order to get dental implants.
Loss of Bone Density When You Are Missing Teeth
If you’re missing a tooth or multiple teeth, it could lead to bone loss over a long period of time.
When teeth are in place, the root structure is anchored into the jawbone itself. When you loos a tooth, the root is gone and the jawbone no longer has to support any structures in that tooth gap. As a natural response, the jawbone loses density in that empty area; the bone loss could affect the health of any teeth adjacent to the tooth gap. If you’re missing multiple teeth, this can cause serious issues with jawbone density.
How Bone Loss Affects Dental Implant Treatment
In order for dental implant treatment to be successful, there needs to be sufficient jawbone structure to hold a dental implant in place. This allows osseointegration to occur, which means that the dental implant fuses with the jawbone as if it were a real tooth root. Without proper bone density, osseointegration is not possible.
To put it briefly, if you’ve experienced bone loss, you can’t get dental implants. Thankfully there’s a way to restore lost bone density if our Denver patients still want dental implants.
About Bone Grafting
Bone grafting involves the use of hard tissue to rebuild the jawbone structure. The grafts will fuse with the jawbone and offer ample support for dental implants.
The tissue used in bone grafting may come from multiple sources. Sometimes donor bone is taken from the patient’s own body, such as a little shin bone or hip bone. Bone from a bone bank may also be considered. There are also synthetic bone grafts which can be used, and they will fuse with real bone tissue quite well.
Recovery from Bone Grafting
When healing from a bone graft procedure, patients will want to adjust their diet. Soft foods and smoothies are ideal to avoid discomfort. Patients should avoid smoking as this can lead to infection. The use of drinking straws will also need to be avoided for a few weeks as the suction can result in issues with blood clots and sutures.
Proceeding with Dental Implant Treatment
It will take months for the bone grafts to fuse with the jawbone. Only when a patient is fully healed from their surgery can the implant dentistry procedure proceed.
That means that the timeline for dental implant treatment process is effectively doubled if you need bone grafting surgery. This is a reality that patients need to be aware of if they require bone grafting to get dental implants.
Will I Need Bone Grafting Surgery?
During your consultation at our Denver dental practice, we will take x-rays and go over your medical history to determine if dental implants are right for you. If you require bone grafting, we will discuss the process in full detail so you can determine if it’s an ideal option for your needs. This includes cost, treatment timeframe, and the risk of post-surgical complications.
Our goal is to ensure every patient has the information they need to make an informed decision about their treatment options.
Learn More About Implant Dentistry
For more information about dental implants and how we can help improve the health of your smile, be sure to contact an experience cosmetic and restorative dentist. The team at Avason Family Dentistry can be reached by phone at (704) 820-9797.
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