A Bone Graft Can Improve Your Candidacy for Dental Implants
If you would like to receive dental implants as a permanent solution to missing teeth, but you have been told that you are not a good candidate due to a weak or shrunken jaw, a bone graft can improve your candidacy. Dr. Brett Hester can analyze your condition, and then work with a specialist in the Valdosta, GA, area who can perform a bone graft prior to receiving your dental implants. While bone grafting will extend the overall timeline of your procedure, it can greatly improve the success rate of your dental implants.
What Happens When Tooth Loss Occurs?
The roots of your teeth are intended to keep the nerves within your jawbone stimulated each time you bite down or chew, helping to counteract soft and hard tissue degeneration. When extensive tooth loss goes unaddressed, the lack of stimulation to the jawbone can lead to bone shrinkage, changes in your jawline, facial collapse, and a host of other issues. By replacing your teeth with dental implants, you can prevent these issues from occurring.
Why Bone Grafting May Be Recommended
A strong and healthy jaw is required to support dental implants. If too much time has lapsed between the loss of your teeth and dental implant surgery, a bone graft procedure may be recommended to provide a solid foundation for your dental implants. Because dental implants are surgically inserted into your jawbone and designed to remain in place by integrating with nearby tissues, a lack of bone density can lead to dental implant failure. Once the bone graft begins integrating with your jawbone, it will promote healthy bone regeneration. Within about three months, your jaw could be healthy enough to undergo dental implant surgery.
If too much time has lapsed between the loss of your teeth and dental implant surgery, a bone graft procedure may be recommended to provide a solid foundation for your dental implants.
The Bone Grafting Procedure
Bone grafting involves taking tissue from another area of your body, such as the hip or tibia. In cases where your own tissue cannot be used, or you want to avoid a second surgical site, the specialist can use tissue from a donor. With advancements made in the dental bone grafting industry, grafting tissue can also be synthetically grown. The type of tissue used will depend on the amount of bone loss, your budget, and a number of other factors. The specialist will perform a complete medical examination to determine the best solution for you.
Once the tissue is harvested and you are comfortably sedated, an incision will be made in the top of your gum line where the bone loss has occurred. The grafted tissue will then be inserted and stitched in place. In cases where the upper jawbone has poor density and inadequate spacing, a sinus lift procedure may be recommended. This particular procedure involves placing grafted tissue between the upper jawbone and sinus cavity to provide a solid foundation for dental implants in the upper dental arch.
Recovering from a Bone Graft
After your procedure, you will undergo a healing period that may take anywhere from two to four months, depending on the size of bone graft required. You will be given a list of instructions that should be followed closely to help with your recovery. Your instructions will include how to care for the surgical site, foods to avoid, medications to take, and when to attend appointments. Dr. Hester will work closely with your specialist to determine when you can proceed with dental implant surgery.
Contact Us Today
If you are interested in dental implants as a tooth replacement option, but have been told you are not a good candidate, we encourage you to meet with Dr. Hester to learn more about a bone graft and how it can improve your candidacy. To schedule your consultation, please contact us online or call our office at (229) 247-3400.