Bone Graft Dental Implant
For patients with missing teeth, the benefits of dental implants are nearly unmatched. Unfortunately, in some cases where the jaw bone has deteriorated, a bone graft will be needed before the dental implant can be placed. Bone graft dental implants aren’t too different from regular dental implant procedures, however, they can have a longer treatment period.
At A Shop for Smiles, we are able to place dental implants to help replace missing teeth or to support implant supported dentures. We are also apt at performing bone grafts to help the dental implants bond to the jaw bone. Before you contact our office to schedule an appointment, let us explain the bone graft dental implant procedure and what it entails.
Bone Graft Dental Implant Procedure
Without a tooth to stimulate the jaw bone, it can begin to deteriorate. If you have been missing a tooth, or multiple teeth, for some time, a bone graft may be needed to restore strength to the jaw bone.
The bone grafting process begins with your doctor removing a section of bone from another area of your body and graft it onto your jaw bone. It will take several months for the grafted bone to create new, strong bone that will hold the implant in position.
It is possible, however, to have your bone graft performed at the same time as your dental implant surgery, if the graft needed is only minor. Your doctor will have the final say on whether or not this is a possibility for you at the time of the bone graft dental implant procedure.
Dental Implant Surgery
Once the bone graft is complete and has had time to heal, the dental implants can be placed. Dental implant surgery can actually involve two separate surgery dates: one to place the implant and install the abutment, and a second to attach a dental crown atop the implant.
First, a hole is drilled into your jaw bone. Using slightly larger drill bits, this hole is widened to be able to fit a dental implant. Once the implant, which is a titanium alloy rod, is placed in the hole and the abutment attached. In some cases, the abutment will be placed at a later date with the dental crown. Once the implant has properly bonded to the jaw bone, a process called osseointegration, the dental crown can be placed and bonded to the abutment.
Dental implants can also be used with dentures to provide a more secure fit. Instead of placing dental crowns atop the abutments, a ball and socket mechanism is used to attach dentures to the implants.
Visit the Best Dentist in La Mesa, California Today!
If you are missing a tooth and require a dental implant or a bone graft dental implant, we can help. You can contact us online or give us a call at 619.465.5252 to schedule an appointment at our La Mesa, California dental office.