Bone loss is a very important issue in the use and success of dental implant tooth replacement. Bone loss is typically caused by:
- Gum disease
- Cavities and infection
- Missing teeth
- Wearing of complete or partial removable dentures
- Injury or trauma
- A birth defect
If the amount of bone underneath your gum line is not sufficient, you will need a bone graft to build up the area so that implants will have a proper foundation. Three-dimensional x-rays will be taken to determine if, where and how much bone grafting will be required.
The procedure typically involves grafting (adding) bone or bone-like material to the jaw. After grafting, it will take several months for the grafted material to fuse with the existing bone. The grafted materials either cause the surrounding bone to grow into the graft or cause cells around the graft to change into bone.
Once the bone surface has been enlarged with the graft, your jawbone will be strong enough to support your new implants. The success rate for bone grafts in the jaw for the purpose of placing dental implants is very high. Bone grafts are not rejected like organ transplants, but they do have the potential to fail.
Your need for a bone graft for implants will be apparent after your first examination. If a bone graft is necessary, it will be added to your individual treatment plan to assure the success of your reconstructive or cosmetic dental work. If you have any questions bone about grafts or if your dentist referred you, please call DenteVita Prosthodontics and the Practice of Dr. Aldo Leopardi today at 720-488-7677 to schedule an appointment.
Before and After Case Studies for Bone Grafts