Dental implants are a great long term option for those with missing teeth or who require dentures. Implants are strong and sturdy like your natural teeth. But, implants are only as strong as the bone supporting them.
Dental implants are metal rods that are fused to the jaw bone to support artificial, temporary teeth. Implants give temporary teeth the stability to be a little less temporary and more long lasting. Not only that, but implants keep dentures from obnoxiously slipping out of place. Implants not only add strength to your teeth, but comfort as well.
Bone Grafting Procedure
Bone grafting is often required before dental implants can be placed. Implants are only reliable when they are fused with a strong and stable jaw bone. If the jaw bone is too weak to properly support the dental implants, a simple bone grafting procedure will strengthen up the jaw so you can have a strong and complete smile.
A section of bone is taken from another part of the body to become part of your jaw. The borrowed bone is then molded or grafted into the jaw bone with a special material that is designed specifically for bone grafting. The graft will be molded in to fit smoothly and discretely. Dental bone grafts will give your jaw the strength it needs without any bulk.
After the Procedure
Post procedure recovery time will depend on how large of a bone graft is required. As the graft heals the bone will become stronger so that it can properly support a dental implant. It is possible to have a bone graft and dental implant placement in the same procedure, but it is rare. In most cases it is best to give the graft a chance to heal before the implant is placed. Your dentist will make the final call to determine when a graft is ready to support implants.
If you think you may be a candidate for dental implants, give Eagle Rock Dental Care a call today! We are ready to bring strength and beauty back to your smile. While we don’t perform bone grafting in our office, we help with every other step of the process. We will help you get the best implants so you can have the smile you’ve always dreamed of. Contact us or request your appointment online today and let’s get the process started.