Dental aesthetics and optimum oral health go hand in glove. At our dental practice, we give equal prominence to both these aspects. Missing teeth is one such oral concern that affects both the functionality and appearance of your teeth. Hence, getting it replaced by a prosthetic tooth is important to prevent further complications that could occur due to the missing tooth.
What are Dental Implants?
Implants are the closest alternative for missing teeth as they are placed in the jawbone with the help of a metal implant stud, much like a natural tooth that is supported by the tooth root. Implants offer various advantages that their alternatives do not, such as excellent strength, stability, longevity, durability, and most importantly, better jawbone health.
What is Jawbone Deterioration?
The jawbone may sometimes shrink or deteriorate due to various oral concerns. One such scenario could occur when a natural tooth is extracted from the mouth, where a small amount of the jawbone may be removed along with the tooth. The bone may start to deteriorate after this, which gradually leads to an improperly shaped jawbone. Due to this, the teeth may begin to loosen from their sockets, drift off from their ideal positions, or even fall off. Hence, it would be advisable to consult a dentist to get this oral condition treated.
What is a Bone Graft?
A bone graft is an artificial means of restoring the ideal jawbone volume. In most cases, a jawbone graft would be necessary when the volume of bone structure in the jaws is insufficient to support the prosthetic dental implant. The dentist will conduct a thorough diagnosis of the jawbone before proceeding. During this, we will check the length, width, height, and volume of the jawbone and suggest the best means to replenish its volume if required.
How is a Bone Graft Carried Out?
Bone graft surgery will be carried out after we administer local anesthesia to numb your oral tissues. The bone tissues that are going to be grafted near the receded region will either be harvested from your own body or synthesized artificially. In rare cases, the bone tissues may also be extracted from cadavers or cattle. Once the graft is completed, we will suggest a suitable healing period to allow the newly grafted tissues to fuse with the existing jawbone and form a strong structure. After conducting a few tests, we will proceed with dental implantation.
Our experienced team will help you regain your smile. Please reach out to us on call at (773) 445-1009 or by scheduling an online appointment, and we'll be happy to guide you further.