Dental implants have become one of the most popular tooth replacement options because they are the most natural looking and feeling restoration. These are artificial tooth roots that are fused to your jawbone to create a stable and sturdy post for a false tooth. The only problem is that they can’t be placed if there’s not enough bone. Keep reading to discover how bone can be regrown or preserved to accommodate dental implants from your local implant dentist.
What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are artificial tooth roots made out of titanium. These posts are fused with your jawbone to create a sturdy support for your tooth restoration. Dental implants can be used to replace one tooth, many teeth, or they can be used as supports for dentures. Implants need enough jawbone to support them, so you have to have a strong bone, or you’ll need to be able to have a bone graft.
Why Would I Need a Bone Graft?
If your jawbone is too soft or isn’t thick enough, you may need bone grafting before receiving dental implants. When you chew, a lot of pressure is exerted on your bone, so a weak jaw bone would cause the implant to fail. A bone graft can create a more stable base for your dental implants.
Bone needs stimulation to stay healthy, which is why a lot of people choose dental implants in the first place. They are the only replacement option that actually stimulates and preserves bone. That’s why many dentists recommend bone grafting to accommodate dental implants because the implant will continue to stimulate and preserve the jawbone.
What is a Bone Graft?
When bone grafting is conducted, a piece of bone is removed from another part of your jaw or body and transplanted to your jawbone. Additionally, your dentist can use artificial bone commercially available for grafting. It can take several months for the transplanted bone to grow enough new bone to support a dental implant.
In some cases, you may only need minor bone grafting, which can be done in tandem with the dental implant procedure. Your dentist will carefully examine your bone structure to determine whether or not you need bone grafting, and how much additional bone you’ll need to support your implants.
Contact your local dentist to see if dental implants are right for you, and whether or not you’d benefit from bone grafting for a stronger and healthier jawbone.
About the Practice
At Brand New Smile, we have a team of dentists who take pride in making their patients in Lake in the Hills healthier. Dr. Stirneman is an expert restorative dentist and Dr. Zmick is a periodontist (studies gums), which makes them the perfect pair to deliver you high-quality dental implants and bone grafting. For any questions, they can be contacted through their website or by phone at (847) 915-3080.