Bone grafting for a dental implant in the Bay area
Many patients in the Bay area who want to replace their missing teeth with a dental implant may can learn about the procedure from Drs. Sambhav Jain, Arpana Gupta, and Shivani Gupta of the Center for Implant Dentistry. Dental implants are a popular option for replacing a single tooth, but may not be right for everyone. This is especially true for patients who do not have enough bone to hold the implant in place, or who have bone defects. However, our team has a solution with bone grafting during the placement of dental implants to help patients achieve a beautiful smile!
Drs. Sambhav Jain, Arpana Gupta, and Shivani Gupta discuss with patients the process. It starts with sedation and anesthetics for optimum comfort. The first procedure is done in our office during which the gum tissue is cut into a flap and held back to expose the bone. If a tooth needs to be extracted at this point, it is done so without damaging the surrounding bone. A drill is used to create a hole that is at the proper angle and depth for the implant to be placed. The implant is put into the prepared site and any bone defects can be corrected at this time. This is done with the use of the patient’s natural bone or bone substitute. The dentist places a cover screw into the implant to cover the internal threads, and an absorbable membrane that covers the area and helps with healing after the flap is sutured in place. Over time, the process of osseointegration occurs in which patients will enjoy correction in a more natural manner.
Later, another surgery is one to replace the cover screw with a healing cap, which reserves a space and allows the implant to be easily restored later on with a post, core, and crown.
Many patients in the Bay area are interested in addressing their smile with the placement of dental implants, to replace a single tooth, hold a dental crown, or help stabilize their full dentures and replace an entire arch of teeth.