For those who have missing teeth, the cosmetic effect of a dental implant is almost unbeatable.
Dental implants work just like a normal tooth, and a successful implant is almost imperceptible. It is always important, however, to make sure you understand all the varied aspects of oral surgery, and dental implants are no different.
One of the main things to keep in mind is the possibility of needing a bone graft for dental implants.
A dental implant basically has two pieces: a metal cylinder that is placed in the jawbone and that works as the root of the tooth, and a pillar that is screwed into the first piece. Then, a crown is placed on the pillar, creating the appearance of a tooth.
According to the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS), the oral surgeon must tell you about performing a bone graft within your dental implants procedure if he believes that the jaw bone is too thin or soft to keep the implant in place. If the bone can’t support the implant, then this can cause the implant surgery to fail.
In a bone graft procedure, the surgeon will get a section of bone from another area of your body, or – as is often the case – use a bone made of special material for the graft, and graft it into the jaw bone. Then you will have to wait, probably several months, while the graft creates a new and strong bone to make sure the implant is stable and safe.
It is possible that only a minor graft is needed, and that the procedure can be performed at the same time as the implant surgery, but your Huntington Beach dentist is the one who will make the final decision. A successful bone graft will allow your jaw bone to be strong enough to support the dental implant.
Once the bone graft has been performed, the rest of the implant surgery will continue. As with any other surgical procedure, it is important to discuss your personal medical history and all the risks and benefits of the surgery with your Huntington Beach dental specialist.
Once Dr. Moretta decides that you are a good candidate for the procedure, you can expect to show off your new smile. Call (714) 848-4247 to learn more about bone grafting in Huntington Beach and to schedule your appointment today!
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