Bone Grafting for Dental Implants
In order to determine whether a patient is a good candidate for dental implants, we examine the physical state of the jaw, mouth, and teeth. If the patient has suffered severe damage in the jaw, they may not qualify as an initial candidate for the dental implant procedure. Read more below to find out how you can qualify for dental implants.
Insufficient Jaw Structure
Patients that suffer from a missing tooth or teeth tend to avoid using these areas of the mouth to bite and chew their food; the lack of use of the gum tissue is these particular areas can weaken the tissue significantly which can cause its deterioration over time. Following the erosion of the gums, the jawbone can fall victim to the oral demolition as well. This ruination of the bone in the jaw can lead to facial deformation, sinkage, early wrinkling of the skin, and can potentially complicate your chances of getting dental implants in the future. When there is not sufficient structure in the jaw, the process of osseointegration cannot work. Osseointegration is the natural fusion of titanium alloy in the jaw bone. The completion of this process is vital to the success of the dental implant placement.
Regain Jaw Strength
In order to regain strength in the jaw, the doctor will schedule the patient for a bone grafting procedure. A bone graft is a bone tissue transplant where the doctor will replace the fractured and damaged osseous tissue with new and healthy bone. Depending on the amount and severity of the damage, this procedure can last up to a few hours. A recovery period is required following this procedure that normally ranges from about 3-5 months.
Patients are initially presented the option of removing some of their own bone, from places like the hip to create the bone graft substance. Considering these are natural parts of the same body, we like to consider this option slightly infringing and a relatively simple procedure. Here at City Center Dental Care, Dr. Griffin is more than experienced with bone grafts and has the ability to make this simple and convenient for patients.
For patients that do not prefer bone extraction from their body, they are presented the option of using animal bone material; that is mainly harvested from cow. The mineral content provided in this safe and trustworthy source is able to produce a restrengthened bone structure for the patient naturally. This is what is referred to as a Xenograft. Once this sturdy and reliable osseous tissue is placed into the patients oral cavity, a process called guided tissue regeneration ensues; which almost fools the body into thinking that this the actual and original jawbone. During this process the body will absorb the graft and will replace it in a natural manner while regenerating the bone tissue and forming a new and stronger jawbone.
Soft Tissue Augmentation
A tissue graft is another option that patients have to improve their oral cavity before the dental implant procedure. Sometimes patients have only suffered from gum disease or just general damage in the gums that causes them to deteriorate and reduces the success rate of dental implantation. This can be a common occurrence when patients neglect their dental and oral health, fortunately a tissue graft is a great solution for these issues. Soft tissue augmentation is a procedure in which Dr. Griffin removes tissue from the roof of the mouth and places in the lower gums to build gum strength once again. Depending on the damage done to the gums, the procedure can take anywhere from two week to three months to recover from. We highly discourage smoking after this procedure is complete; smoking can have a negative effect on either graft’s recovery and can further ruin patient’s oral and dental health.
Schedule a Consultation for Dental Implants in Newport News, VA
If you are looking for a practice that does everything in their power provide successful dental implants, turn to City Center Dental Care in Newport News, VA. Just give us a call and schedule a consultation with Dr. William Griffin today, to see if you qualify for dental implants. Do not worry if you do not pass an initial candidate, Dr. Griffin will walk you through the bone grafting or tissue augmentation procedures that work to help you regain the strength you need in your jawbone and gums again.
You can even read our testimonials section on the website to hear how happy our real patients are with the work that Dr. Griffin and his team have done. We happily serve patients in Newport News, York County, Hampton, Poquoson, Williamsburg, Smithfield, and Suffolk, VA areas.