Single Tooth Implant
Single tooth dental implants are perfect for replacing missing, damaged, or decaying teeth. Since dental implants are shaped like small screws, this makes it easy for them to be placed in the jawbone. Dental crowns are then added on top to match the adjacent teeth in color and size.
Will I Need a Bone Graft?
People expecting a dental implant placement procedure are candidates for a dental bone graft. A bone graft provides sufficient support for the implant through a strong base provided by the attached bone material.
It is common for dental patients who are likely to have dental implant placement but lack sufficient bone mass for support to undergo a bone graft procedure. This may be the case if you are getting a single tooth implant or a multiple tooth implant. A bone graft is a surgical procedure done by our dental experts at [[[CLIENTX:PracticeName]]] involving transplanting a bone to help build and restore damaged or diseased facial bones. A bone can be obtained from your leg, ribs, hips, and any other viable place to perform the graft.
A dental bone graft is identical to other grafts done on other body parts, where a medical surgeon makes an incision on the affected part and attached bone material. The leading cause of bone mass loss is usually the loss of teeth or gum disease, which generally leaves gaps in the jawbone, causing it to deteriorate over time slowly.
Professional dental practitioners prefer using the patient’s bone to accelerate the healing process. The use of an individual’s bone for grafting is known as an autograft, and it is usually preferred by dentists rather than acquiring a bone from a donor. It is also an effective way of ensuring the quick formation of new bone on the affected area.
Procedures for a Bone Graft
At the initial stages of a bone graft, a dental expert will administer anesthesia while monitoring the patient to ensure that the patient is safe throughout the entire process. The dental technician then cleans the area where the graft is supposed to be attached before a surgeon makes an incision that separates the jaw from the gum, exposing where the implant is to be placed.
The obtained bone material is then fixed between two parts where bone mass is needed to speed up the growth of the bone. To reinforce the attached bone, a surgeon can use three materials: screws, a membrane, or a dissolvable adhesive.
If you need a single tooth dental implant or a multiple tooth dental implant, but may have been told you do not yet have a sufficient amount of jawbone, do not worry. At Cascade Dental Care we perform bone grafts, and can get your mouth strong and ready for dental implant surgery. Contact us today to schedule an appointment at 360-916-4200.