I recall that there is a large factor involved with your eligibility for Dental Implants. The major factor that I’m referring to is the amount of bone that is left in your jaw. The dental implant won’t properly integrate into the jaw bone because of the lack of bone mass. This can end up leading to a failed dental implant wherein the implant is rejected by your body. When this happens, people are left without the opportunity to replace their teeth by means of implants and those in old age are more-so in trouble as they will continue to see the deterioration of their facial structure.
The good news for those who don’t have a high bone mass in their jaw is that dentists are now doing bone grafting treatments to allow patients to get dental implants. In conclusion, people who would never qualify for sinus lift dental implant surgery are now able to have the treatment done all because of bone grafting. Of the many treatments out there for bone grafting, there are some really common ones that I will address in this article. Hopefully I will answer your questions on that subject.
Adding Bone for Dental Implant Procedures 101
Bone grafting is certainly nothing to fear because the actual operation is very simple. One of the first things that a dentist will be looking for when they assess your mouth is how much existing bone there is available in your mouth to see if you need a bone graft in the first place. When the dentist has checked your mouth, they should continue on by giving you options as to what type of bone donor you will be using as well as providing advantages and disadvantages to each.
Surgery begins with opening up a place in the gums which reveals the underlying bone. The surgeon/dentist will make an incision in the gums, leaving a flap of tissue. With the area open, the bone from the donor will be added. Now the bone will be added to the surgical area then is covered with a natural membrane for protection. This membrane is meant to provide protection against bacteria, germs, and other virus’ that could potentially pose a risk of infection to the area. When all this has been completed, the surgical area will be patched up and stitched back to it’s almost-original condition but with new bone and a membrane in place. After approximately 4 months after the bone grafting surgery, the surgical area should be completely healed and be ready for the dental implant treatment. As mentioned, you can expect to see a full and complete recovery in about 3-4 months but be forewarned that it could take more or less time depending on the patient and their age. One last thing to note is that antibiotics are given to patients to stop to possibility of infection from the surgery.
Now that your surgery is complete, your dentist will want to know how successful the operation was. They’ll take x-rays accordingly. With an x-ray they can determine how much more bone they have to work with. Once there’s been a conclusion on where the dental implant will be placed, your dentist can start preparation for the actual dental implant treatment so you can get your pearly white back.