Why would I need a bone graft for teeth implants?
Tooth loss can have an impact on the overall health of your mouth and jaw. Without a tooth implant, a missing tooth can cause jawbone atrophy.
What happens to your jaw when you have missing teeth?
Once a tooth is lost, the jaw bone is no longer being stimulated and strengthened. Without the constant pressure placed on the jaw through biting, chewing and speaking, the jaw bone begins to atrophy. That is, it begins to weaken and recede. Unfortunately, this can start to affect your other teeth leading to further tooth loss.
Without a healthy and stimulated jaw bone, facial muscles can begin to weaken giving patients a more aged appearance. Missing teeth can also affect your ability to speak clearly and chew properly.
Teeth implants and your bones
Dental implants can only be placed in patients that have suitable jaw bone density. This is necessary as the implant needs to fuse with the bone to provide a strong post for the incoming tooth replacement. Only after the implant has fused with the jaw bone can we move forward to the next step of tooth replacement; adding the crown. This process is extremely important as it allows us to provide a permanent solution for tooth loss that maintains the health of the jaw, gums and teeth overall.
Some patients do not have a healthy jaw bone density when they come in for a dental implant procedure. This is possibly because they waited too long after the tooth loss and jawbone atrophy has begun. Fortunately, at Southside Dental Implants, Dr Burhaan Kassim is qualified to perform jawbone grafting.
Bone graft for dental implants
Bone graft surgery helps these patients who do not have the appropriate level of bone density to receive the teeth implant treatment they desire. Bone grafting is a surgery that replaces the areas of missing jawbone so that the implants have bone to fuse to. This procedure also allows the body to regrow lost bone.
This advancement in technology has allowed more patients to become ideal candidates for dental implant treatment, which dramatically improves their oral health and prevents further deterioration.
Block bone grafting vs particulate bone grafting
At Southside Dental Implants Brisbane we have the facilities and skill to perform particulate bone grafts. If a block bone graft is necessary, Dr Kassim will discuss with you your options and refer you to a specialist for block bone graft surgery prior to your dental implant treatment.
Teeth implants at Southside Dental Implants Brisbane
Southside Dental Implants in Sunnybank offer the full range of implant dentistry treatments. During your free initial consultation we will first assess your condition, acquiring information about your tooth loss and treating any immediate issues.
What if you need a bone graft?
If we deduce that you will need a bone graft, this will be the next step in the process. Once you have healed from your surgery, you will then be able to have your dental implant post inserted and move onto replacing your missing teeth. It is important that we go through this process to ensure the strength and durability of your tooth replacement.
Do you need to replace one or more teeth?
If you are concerned about your tooth loss and think you may need a bone graft, call us at Southside Dental Implants to arrange an assessment.