Why Is proper Bone support Important to Dental Implants?
One of the most significant consequences of tooth loss is the breakdown of healthy bone tissue in the jaw. The jawbone is necessary not only for the stabilization of teeth but also for the support it provides to facial structure as a whole. Whether a single tooth is lost, a few teeth, or there are no natural teeth remaining in the mouth, bone loss will occur. The more teeth that are missing, the more degeneration will occur in the jaw. When considering dental implants as a form of tooth replacement, it is necessary to evaluate the condition of bone tissue in order to ensure the longevity of the results.
The successful placement of dental implants is dependent on the amount and quality of the jawbone at the treatment site. With sufficient bone to support them, dental implants can provide the same functionality as natural teeth. Results of fully stabilized implants can last a lifetime. Historically, patients with severe bone loss were not considered candidates for dental implants, forcing them to settle for a removable full or partial denture. Due to the breakdown of bone that occurs over time, most dentures become problematic, causing irritation and other problems. A poorly fitting denture can also exacerbate the problem of bone loss.
The expert dentists at our dental implant centers in Fremont and San Francisco know how to address numerous different situations. When bone loss is an issue, we may begin implant treatment with bone grafting to build up areas where more structure is needed.
The Bone Grafting Process
Several bone-grafting techniques may be used. We select our technique based on the area of bone loss and other factors. Care by one of our dentists begins with a comprehensive evaluation that includes digital x-rays and CAT scans to assess the oral structure. Advanced diagnostics facilitates successful, healthy treatment.
The grafting procedure may involve taking a small amount of bone tissue from the patient and transplanting it to the graft site. In some cases, we may use grafting material from other sources that have been proven safe and reliable.
The grafting material is affixed to the bone at the treatment site. Over time, this will bond with existing bone and stimulate the growth of new tissue. Bone grafting usually stimulates new growth that allows patients to undergo implant surgery within six months of their graft treatment.
If you were told that you are not a candidate for dental implants due to insufficient bone structure, we may be able to help. Call Center for Implant Dentistry at (510) 570-1065 to schedule an appointment with one of our experienced implantologists.
Preparing for Dental Implant Success
Replacing missing teeth with dental implants shortly after extraction is ideal for restoring health and aesthetics. Implants offer a symbiotic relationship with your jaw bone. The implants help preserve bone health, and healthy bone levels support the implants. If you have been told you are not a candidate for dental implants due to bone loss, we may be able to help. Our respected team of doctors are expert Implantologists, each with 17 years in practice, and highly experienced at performing bone grafting services to prepare the jaw for implant success.