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Dental Implants: When is a bone graft recommended?


Posted on 2/17/2012 by Dr. Franco
Doctor working with bone grafting and dental implants in Irving,TXA dental implant is typically the ideal solution when one or more natural teeth is missing. For patients who are at risk of losing a natural tooth, advanced planning for dental implants can make the idea of tooth loss less traumatic. As with any other health condition, understanding your options and having a logical plan of action can improve the final outcome of the treatment.

Your implant dentist will likely recommend dental implants to restore your smile and your dental health. It’s true; the procedure for placing dental implants has become increasingly smooth and predictable. The success rates continue to hover close to 98% and dentists are finding that implants can be used in almost any situation.

For your protection and for the very best prognosis, careful evaluating and planning are necessary prior to placing the implant. Multi-dimensional CAD/CAM technology and digital radiography enable your implant dentist to visualize the anatomy and position of the bone, nerves, and adjacent tooth roots.

In the event that the quality or quantity of the bone is insufficient, a bone graft may be recommended. The bone is critical in the healing process. It must be dense enough and deep enough to surround the implant post. Voids and defects in the bone, often undetectable with the naked eye, can prevent the implant from properly fusing with the bone.

When this issue arises, additional bone can be added to the proposed dental implant site. The bone may be artificial, removed from another location within your own body, or sourced from a cadaver. According to your implant dentist’s treatment plan, the bone graft may be performed and permitted to heal before the implant is placed. At your dentist’s discretion, the bone graft and the dental implant may be placed on the same day.

The additional steps necessary to ensure the success of your dental implant can be discussed during your initial consultation. To find out if a procedure such as a bone graft is necessary for your dental implant, call our office serving Las Colinas and the surrounding areas and arrange your appointment today.

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