Coal Creek Oral Surgery and Dental Implant Center

What is Bone Grafting for Dental Implants?

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Bone grafting may be an option for patients that don’t have enough support for a dental implant. Seeing a specialist, like the professionals at Coal Creek Oral Surgery and Dental Implant Center, will help determine whether you should consider this effective procedure.

 

What is a Dental Implant?

A dental implant replaces a permanent tooth.  It’s a titanium post that’s inserted within the jaw and replaces the root of your lost tooth.  Once it’s placed, there’s a bit of a waiting period to allow your body to produce new bone, which the implant will fuse to.  

Once everything has integrated, and the implant can withstand force being applied to it, a fixed “tooth,” or crown, will be attached.  

If properly taken care of, and developing gum disease can be avoided, your implant has the potential to last the rest of your lifetime. But if you need bone grafting, boulder expert Dr. Curt Hayes can help!


What Can Bone Grafting Do For Me?

Since dental implants are placed within the jaw, having good bone support is essential in order for it to be successful.

If your general dentist told you there isn’t enough bone to support an implant, you may have another option. You could first undergo a procedure involving bone grafting. Boulder, Colorado residents should see oral surgeon Dr. Hayes. He has the education, training and experience needed to get the job done right, for a healthier smile and implant success.

Our office is equipped with the latest state of the art equipment, which allows us to see a 3-D image of your jaw bone.  

If we determine that you don’t have enough bone, we’ll discuss treatment options that are available to you.


How to Do a Bone Graft

This is a routine and predictable procedure that is easiest done when extracting a tooth.  Once the root is removed it leaves a hollow space in the jaw. Dr. Hayes will pack a sterile, surgical grade, grafting material in the socket, then seal the area.

The most difficult part of bone grafting is usually the wait. Since it’ll take several weeks to months, for the bone to become dense enough to support an implant, you'll need to be a little patient.

When the time is right, an x-ray will confirm that everything is ready and we can proceed with the next step, your implant placement.


Bone Grafting for Implant Supported Dentures

A denture is an acrylic appliance used by patients that are missing all of their teeth.  It’s worn over the ridge of the jaw, on top of the gums.

 

Unfortunately, our bone deteriorates as we age.  Even more so, once we’ve lost our teeth. If you’ve been wearing conventional dentures for several years, you may have noticed it getting looser.  If you’re bone ridge is becoming shallow, grafting may be an option for you too.

So, if you think you would benefit from a special denture supported by implants and bone grafting, Boulder oral surgeon, Dr. Hayes is happy to see you!  Don’t wait any longer, give us a call today.