Bone Grafting for Dental Implants
Negative effects can occur to your appearance when you are missing teeth and the bone in the vacant area will begin to atrophy. Generally, people will lose 25% of their supporting jawbone structure within the first year after tooth loss. Dental implants are more easily placed when teeth are first lost. Bone replacement in the area becomes more complex as time passes. Implants act similar to your natural teeth. They mimic the missing object and preserve your bone structure, oral health and appearance. Dr. Ismaili will provide you with options so that you can make an informed decision concerning tooth replacement
When a Tooth Has Been Missing For a Long Time
- The bone in area of the missing tooth begins to deteriorate or atrophy
Immediately After a Hopeless Tooth is Extracted:
- If the walls of the socket are thick, new bone will typically fill in the socket within a few months
- If the walls of the socket are thin, healing will not be as predictable. In this situation a bone graft is often placed within the thin socket at the time of the extraction procedure. This added step helps maintain the volume and quality of bone for future implant placement.
Same Day Implant Placement
- In an optimal environment, there are times when an implant can be placed on the same day as a tooth is extracted
- If you have a tooth that is hopeless, but the bone and socket are healthy you may be a candidate for same day tooth replacement. This could minimize or eliminate the need for bone grafting
Dental implants integrate into the jaw bone and strengthen it by stimulating bone growth. This preserves the natural strength and quality of the mouth, lessening problems in the future.