Some patients are not good candidates for dental implants because they do not have enough jawbone structure to support the artificial tooth roots. At Triad Dentistry, we don’t believe this should prevent a patient from pursuing dental implants for restoring a missing tooth or teeth. In these cases, Dr. Steven Hatcher can recommend dental bone grafting surgery which can ensure that a patient will have a strong foundation to support dental implants. We encourage you to read on to learn more about how bone grafting can help change a bad candidate to a good one.
How does Bone Grafting Work?
What most people don’t realize is that when you chew, the jawbone and underlying structures of your teeth are worked. When a tooth is lost, there is nothing there to work that part of the jawbone anymore causing it to deteriorate. If this is allowed to go on for too long, there may not be enough jawbone left there to support dental implants. In this case, bone grafting can be used to reverse the damage to the area.
During dental bone grafting surgery, a sample of bone from another part of the patient’s body, usually the hip, or synthetic bone is surgically grafted to the jawbone. By doing so, patients are able to restore their jawbone to a point where it can support any implants needed. If the patient is only suffering from minimal jawbone loss, bone grafting can be performed at the same time as the dental implant procedure. However, if the jawbone loss is extensive, the surgery will need to be performed months in advance as the area will need time to heal and strengthen before it can support an implant.
Learn More: Contact Dr. Steven Hatcher
Through the use of bone grafting surgery, dental implants have become accessible to even more people. If you are interested in restoring one or more missing teeth and believe that dental implants are the right choice for you, we encourage you to contact us and schedule a no-obligation consultation with Dr. Steven Hatcher. During your consultation, Dr. Hatcher will conduct a thorough examination to determine whether you are a good candidate for dental implants.