Dental implants have changed the face of modern dentistry. This innovative tooth replacement solution has helped countless patients regain a confident smile after missing teeth. However, dental implants are only successful if there is adequate jawbone present. If the bone under your gums is not tall enough or wide enough, you may need bone grafting before you can qualify for dental implants.
The most common reasons for bone loss are the following:
- Periodontal disease
- Sinus enlargement (can occur with age)
- Infection around a tooth
- Missing tooth
If you have suffered bone loss from one of these conditions, don’t count yourself out for dental implants. Bone grafting can rebuild your jawbone enough to provide predictable stability for dental implant placement and long-term use. Rest assured that bone grafting procedures are safe and involve minimal pain.
Not only can bone grafting secure your candidacy for dental implants, but it can also prevent food collection under new teeth as well as restore your facial appearance. When the jawbone atrophies, the structure that supports your skin and muscles is lost, which contributes to a sunken or prematurely aged appearance. Therefore, bone grafting can boost your aesthetic appeal as well as prevent infection and create an area that is easier to keep clean and healthy.
What is Dental Bone Grafting?
Dental bone grafting is a procedure that regenerates bone by placing a bone substitute in the area where bone is lost. This can be done using the patient’s own bone or it can be a processed bone substitute from a bone bank. The decision about which type of bone graft should be used is typically based on the location, type and the number of implants required. Once the bone graft is inserted and the gums are closed and stitched into place, it may take several months for the bone graft to fuse to the existing bone and heal properly. Afterwards, your dental implants can be placed.
To learn more about the different types of bone grafts, please schedule a consultation with Dr. Wayne Suway. He is an esteemed implants dentist who carries the highest level of expertise when it comes to bone grafting for dental implants.