Dental implants have brought about an entirely new way to replace missing teeth. In the early days of implant treatment, there was a greater risk of not being a good candidate for this procedure. Patients who did not possess a desirable amount of bone structure often had no choice but to replace teeth with a dental bridge or dentures. Today, the bone grafting technique is making it possible for most patients to obtain the innumerable benefits of dental implants.
What is Bone Grafting?
The bone grafting procedure is performed in order to “build up,” or add structure to the existing bone. After tooth loss, degeneration of the jawbone is a major concern. This is because bone is stimulated when we chew by the force that travels through teeth roots into bone. When a great deal of breakdown occurs beneath the gums, the entire structure of an arch can change, making it difficult even to obtain a good fit with dentures. It was once thought that bone that had degraded could not be replaced, but bone grafting can now recreate the structure needed to support implants and their restorations.
Bone grafting is a completely customized treatment. In some cases, bone growth can be stimulated by adding tissue around an implant at the time of insertion. Sometimes, however, the grafting procedure may need to be completed prior to implant surgery in order to allow sufficient time for regeneration.
Grafting bone from another area of the body, or using artificial material, can be the key to lifelong stability for dental implants. Without this step, there is a risk that implants will not fully stabilize, or that they will not maintain the highest level of stability for as long as they should.
Ensuring Optimal Outcomes
Dr. Sultan is an Oral and Maxillofacial surgeon who leaves nothing to chance. His expertise in surgical techniques is complemented by his use of high-resolution cone beam CT imaging, which ensures accuracy in the placement of bone for the grafting procedure, as well as the shaping of it. Additionally, platelet-rich plasma is incorporated into the surgery in order to promote rapid healing.
If you have been told you are not a good candidate for dental implants, new techniques and technology may have changed your situation for the better. Contact us to learn more about grafting procedures.