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Rebuilding Bone for Dental Implants

Providing Dental Implant Solutions

The success of tooth implants often depends on the strength and amount of bone tissue in the patient's jaw. If there is insufficient healthy bone material, then the implant procedure will not be successful. There are many reasons as to why a person might not have enough bone tissue to support implants. Long-term denture use, empty spaces in the mouth thanks to pulled teeth, and advanced gum disease and facial injuries can all contribute to a loss of bone density. Thankfully, there are some solutions to this issue that can be provided before a patient begins the dental implant process.

Bone Grafting

Bone grafting adds bone to the patient's jaw so that they will eventually have adequate bone material. This bone can be provided via a donor or through taking bone from elsewhere in the patient's body, such as the shin. Some dental surgeons use synthetic bio-compatible materials. Once placed, the material fuses with the patient's jaw bone and gives it strength and support. Bone grafting is a very safe and highly successful procedure, and most recipients go on to have dental implants successfully placed into the jaw bone after three or four months of healing. Patients who opt for bone grafting will have to follow a strict hygiene regiment afterwards in order to prevent infection and promote healing.

Sinus Lift/Elevation

Sinus lifting or elevation is often used when a patient is missing several of their upper back teeth, as grafts are much harder to perform in these areas. In this instance, bone material is added just below the sinuses so that patients will eventually have enough bone to restore their upper back teeth with implants. This procedure has a longer healing time and patients may not be fully ready for implants for four to twelve months. It has no effect on a patient's speech or their sinuses.

Ridge Expansion

This procedure is reserved for patients whose jawbone is too small to support implants. A dental surgeon will split the jawbone and place grafted bone or material into the split area. The graft then integrates with the patient's bone as it heals. Afterwards, dental implants can usually be placed successfully. This procedure has a healing time of four to twelve months.

Dental Implants - Following an Essential Timeline

There is a very specific dental implant timeline that most dental surgeons follow in order to ensure success. Anyone who thinks that they may be a good candidate for dental implants should make sure that they have enough healthy bone tissue. If not, they should arrange for either a bone graft or sinus lift with a dental surgeon prior to getting tooth implants.

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