Bone Grafts and Dental Implants - What Patients Should Know
When people are missing a tooth or multiple teeth, it can have a major affect on their overall dental health. Not only are smiles greatly affected in terms of their appearance, but patients also experience difficulty chewing and biting as well. This is why it's important to consider various options out there for restorative dental care, one particularly effective option being the use of dental implants.
We'd like to consider dental implants in brief, with a special focus on bone grafting and how it can help non-candidates for dental implants become ideal candidates.
About Dental Implants
Dental implants are artificial tooth roots that are surgically placed into the jawbone and bone tissue of the patient's mouth. When in place, the dental implants are able to hold dentures, dental bridges, and even individual dental crowns with a stability comparable to natural tooth roots.
Ideal Candidates for Dental Implants
The best candidates for dental implants are people who are missing a tooth or many teeth and have sufficient bone tissue and gum tissue to support the implant following surgery.
When a person is missing a tooth, this often leads to bone loss in the area of the tooth gap. In order to build up bone density in the tooth gap and make a person eligible for dental implants, bone grafting surgery can be performed.
How Bone Grafting Works
Bone grafting involves the use of donor bone or artificial hard tissue that is fused to the existing jawbone structure of a patient. This will often involve making incisions in the gumline in order to screw the bone tissue in place in the recessed portion of the jawbone. By doing this, the bone density is restored, allowing an implant dentist to successfully place a dental implant or multiple dental implants.
Different Options for Hard Tissue Grafting
As mentioned above, donor bone or artificial hard tissue can be used to create a bone graft. When donor bone is used, the donor site tends to be the patient's own hipbone or shin, though using bone from the chin is not unheard of. Sometimes the use of an artificial hard tissue is preferable or even donor bone from a cadaver, though this varies from patient to patient.
The ideal option for you and your needs will be discussed during your consultation.
How long will healing take?
In general, it takes between six months to nine months to completely heal from bone grafting surgery. Again, this will vary from patient to patient. During the healing period, patients will need to avoid certain foods and activities in order to ensure optimal healing.
Once the patient has fully healed and the jawbone structure has been built up, a patient can now begin the process of getting dental implants.
Learn More About Cosmetic and Restorative Dentistry
If you would like to learn more about implant dentistry and how it can help you have the healthy, beautiful smile of your dreams, be sure to contact our Palm Beach Gardens dental care center today. The entire team here looks forward to meeting you in person and helping you make the best decisions possible with regard to your dental health and wellness.
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