One of the best and most advanced ways to replace missing teeth is with dental implants that artificially replace a natural tooth root. However, dental implants need to be surrounded by several millimeters of strong and healthy bone which helps the implant post to integrate and bond with the bone. If this bone isn’t present, it may mean a bone graft is required prior to dental implant surgery. A bone graft isn’t a large procedure but it does require a great deal of skill.
Bone grafting can be carried out by our dentist Dr. Mounir Iskandar as he is an experienced oral surgeon and prosthodontist. This means if you do require a bone graft, all your treatment can be carried out in our comfortable and well-equipped dental practice here in Irving, TX. Dr. Iskandar has all the skill and expertise required to perform every single step of your dental implant treatment.
Tooth Loss Affects Your Jawbone
Jawbone loss can occur as a result of periodontal disease (gum disease), or as a natural side-effect of tooth loss. Periodontal disease is a bacterial infection that destroys not only gum tissue but also the structures surrounding your teeth that include the ligaments and bone. This is why periodontal disease frequently causes tooth loss.
Even if you lose your teeth due to trauma or decay, their loss will still adversely affect your jawbone. Whenever you bite down or chew on a natural tooth it creates sensations that are transmitted right through to the tooth root. These sensations indicate to the bone surrounding the tooth root that old bone cells must be renewed as they die off. When teeth are removed, the bone surrounding the tooth root no longer receives these sensations and as a result, bone cells are no longer replaced as they gradually die off and the jawbone begins to shrink.
Help Restore My Jaw?
There are several different types of bone grafting procedures, depending on the extent of the bone loss. Sometimes the amount of bone required may be relatively minor and a bone graft may be carried out at the same time as a tooth extraction. Once the tooth is removed, a socket preservation procedure can be used to help preserve the bone in this area. To do this, Dr. Iskandar will add bone grafting material immediately after your natural tooth is removed, placing it directly into the empty socket to restore any bone loss that has already occurred. It is also possible to place small bone grafts at the same time as placing a dental implant. If the bone loss is more substantial, a ridge augmentation procedure may be required to help increase the width or height of the bony ridge that used to hold your teeth. Where larger areas of bone are required, blocks of new bone grafting material can be placed into the correct positions and secured with small titanium screws.
New Bone Come from?
A bone graft may be obtained from a variety of different sources. Sometimes donor bone is used and which has been carefully sterilized and tested to make sure it is completely safe for use. It is also possible for the bone to be taken from another area in your body which will require an additional surgical procedure. Quite often bone grafting material will be artificial and will contain special growth mediums designed to encourage the growth of your natural bone cells. This artificial bone may be in the form of a matrix or membrane, that will form a framework for new bone growth and which will be gradually absorbed by your body.
Bone Graft Take to Heal?
It can take between 3 to 6 months or even longer for a bone graft to fully heal and to become completely integrated with your natural bone. The exact timeframe can vary according to the amount of bone required. Although this increases the time required for dental implant treatment, the final result is well worth it as a bone graft will help ensure your new dental implants are strong and secure and will provide the proper support for gum tissue, helping to improve the final aesthetics of treatment.
If you have lost teeth or are facing tooth loss, please contact our dental practice in Irving, TX to find out how Dr. Iskandar could help you. A consultation will discover if dental implant treatment is appropriate for you, and if so, if a bone graft is required. Some dental implant techniques, particularly for full denture wearers are specially designed to maximize available bone, potentially minimizing or even eliminating the need for a bone graft.