What is Bone Grafting for Dental Implants?
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Have you been told by a general dentist that you can’t have a dental implant due to having a lack of bone to support it? Is your denture loose because you have a shallow bone ridge after years of going without teeth?
We can help! Coal Creek Oral Surgery and Dental Implant Center can make it possible for you to benefit from dental implants through a procedure known as bone grafting. Lafayette residents trust Dr. Hayes and his team to give them the smile of their dreams.
What are Dental Implants?
It’s likely that you’ve heard of this service, but you may not be familiar with what it exactly is. For years, dental implants have been helping patients replace their missing teeth, or stabilize their prosthetic appliances like dentures.
A titanium post (the implant) is secured within the jaw bone and special attachments are added to it. In the case of replacing one tooth, we’ll attach a crown (artificial tooth). And if we’re working with a denture, then we affix a locator abutment that will help your appliance snap tightly into place.
What is Bone Grafting and How Can it Help?
Since a dental implant is embedded within the jaw like a natural tooth root, having a sufficient amount of bone around it is essential for it to be successful.
When we get teeth extracted, our jaw bone is never the same. It begins to deteriorate right away. This happens slowly over several years but is inevitable. It’s also something that happens naturally as we age.
Luckily, bone grafting is a procedure that can restore your jaw bone and make certain procedures like dental implants possible. Simply, we add bone to what is already existing in your jaw. The grafting material used can depend on the situation. Some dentists may prefer to graft your own bone which is taken from another area of your body. Others will graft osseous powder or donated human bone from a bone bank. There are even synthetic forms of bone available to use for grafting.
Each kind will require a healing phase. Don’t worry though, this period is pain-free. It’s just to allow your body and the graft to integrate together and become dense enough to insert the implant. This usually takes a couple of months.
Once the titanium post is placed, there will be another episode of healing. Depending on the type of restorations you’re going with, this time, you may be looking at two or three months for your body to be ready. You’ll periodically come in for an x-ray and we’ll evaluate the bone and implant to monitor your progress. Once everything looks stable, we will proceed with the final step of getting you set up with final restorations.
Trust the Bone Grafting for Dental Implants Experts
If you’ve been told that dental implants aren’t an option for you, then give our specialists a call. It can be possible with bone grafting! Lafayette, CO dentist Dr. Curt Hayes and his expert team will do everything they can to give you the smile you’ve always wanted. Call today! We look forward to meeting you.